Fire in Nilagiri, Dhenkanal forests

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Bhubaneswar: Even as as people of the State continue to grapple with rising mercury levels, forest ranges across the State are bearing the brunt of forest fire.

After Similipal, forest fire continues to devastate parts of Nilagiri range in Balasore district and Kamakshyanagar eastern range. Fire in Tinkosia, Swarnachuda and Mitrapur reserve forests under the Nilagiri range has been spreading since the past four-five days, is yet to come under control. Though 20 to 30 people have been engaged in tending the fire, rising mercury levels are acting as a major roadblock.

Similarly, according to reports, forest fire in continues to raze jungles in Kamakshyanagar eastern range since past one week. The week-long fire has also increased the atmospheric temperatures in the nearby areas of the reserve forest.

Meanwhile, met officials said, temperature levels are expected to fall 2 to 3 degrees in the coming days. A trough-line from West Bengal is moving through the interior parts of Odisha which would result in thunderstorms in northern and coastal parts of the State.

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