Vikash Sharma

With summer at its peak, Odisha has witnessed forest fire in around 8,000 points so far, till April 7. Moreover, around 99.5 percent forest fire points have been successfully doused.

PCCF Debadutta Biswal on Monday informed that the incidents of forest fire have reduced due to awareness among people and rainfall activities. Forest fire was reported in 27,000 points during the same period last year, he said.

According to Biswal, there are reports of fire in around 200 points today. Sources said that incidents of forest fire is more in Malkangiri district due to agricultural related activities, collection of Mahula flower and for poaching of animals as well. It has also been observed that some miscreants are setting fire for mischief. Stern action is being taken against such violators, informed the forest official.

Steps Taken To Contain Forest Fire

- Senior officials informed that a total of 367 squads have been pressed into service to take immediate measures to douse the flames.

- 2,365 safety kits and over 4000 fire gloves have been provided.

- 330 vehicles have been solely engaged to tackle forest fire and other necessary measures.

Meanwhile, the forest department may seek ODRAF assistance if the magnitude of forest fire is more.

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