Sambalpur: A vast extent of flora was damaged in a forest fire at Budharaja Reserve Forest in Sambalpur on Sunday.
As per reports, thick flames were noticed at the hilltop of Budharaja Reserve Forest located in the heart of Sambalpur city in the morning .
Following the alert, fire personnel and forest department officials reached the spot and brought the fire under control.
However, a lot of damage was already done as flames engulfed other parts due to strong winds. It is suspected that the fire was set by miscreants intentionally.
It is alleged that fire mishaps have become a regular feature at the hilltop of Budharaja Reserve Forest which is posing a threat to ecological balance.