India — Shimla: In an effort to save forests in Himachal Pradesh, the state government has set up a satellite tracking system to find forest fires and launched awareness campaigns to safeguard the region’s green cover.
The awareness campaigns are aimed at educating local people to detect fires near forests and take measures to prevent them.
Forest fires have emerged as a big challenge for the state fire department during the summer. The launch of the satellite tracking system will enable the department to keep constant vigil on the forests.
The system will immediately send SMS alerts to forest officials upon the occurrence of any fire in the vicinity of forests.
In addition to this, 700 participatory committees have been constituted along with the setting up of 90 water tanks and 100 watch towers to sight and put out fires.