Dilip Kumar

Bhubaneswar: Even though the Odisha government has constituted a high level task force to contain raging forest fire across the State, the blaze continues to devour large tract of forests in several areas in almost all districts of Odisha.

Forest and fire services personnel along with locals are finding it tough to douse the raging forest fire in their respective areas even as the government has decided to mobilize ODRAF and members of Panchayati Raj institutions to put out flames being reported from various reserve forests including Similipal biosphere reserve, Kuldiha sanctuary and other reserve forests across the State.

Here are some wildfire pictures captured in OTV lens from various parts of the State.

[caption id="attachment_524675" align="aligncenter" width="779"] Night view of wildfire at a forest in Similipal biosphere reserve[/caption]

[caption id="attachment_524679" align="aligncenter" width="1024"] Expressing concern over raging forest fire, Rasmi Rajyalaxmi Bhanj Deo, queen of erstwhile Mayurbhanj royal family joins local villagers in dousing forest flames in a forest in Karanjia under Similipal reserve[/caption]

[caption id="attachment_524680" align="aligncenter" width="1024"] Mayurbhanj queen Rasmi Rajyalaxmi Bhanj Deo discussing with locals about wildfire at a village in Karanjia[/caption]

[caption id="attachment_524682" align="aligncenter" width="1024"] 'Save Similipal' campaign by youths and intellectuals in Mayurbhanj district[/caption]

[caption id="attachment_524685" align="aligncenter" width="781"] Fire engulfs Kothari hill near Dharakote under Aska forest range in Ganjam district[/caption]

[caption id="attachment_524689" align="aligncenter" width="781"] Ariel night view of forest fire in Malkangiri district[/caption]

[caption id="attachment_524691" align="aligncenter" width="787"] A big tree is burning as fire broke out at a forest near Mohana in Gajapati district[/caption]

[caption id="attachment_524695" align="aligncenter" width="779"] Fire services personnel on action to douse blaze that devoured a big tree beside NH 326 at Luhagudi near Mohana in Gajapati district.[/caption]

[caption id="attachment_524700" align="aligncenter" width="798"] Dry leaves reduced to ashes due to wildfire at a forest near Mukundpur in Rayagada district[/caption]

[caption id="attachment_524702" align="aligncenter" width="782"] Forest personnel brave severe heat and darkness to put out flames at a forest in Kuldiha sanctuary in Balasore district[/caption]

[caption id="attachment_524703" align="aligncenter" width="829"] Forest personnel patrolling at a jungle in Nuapada to keep a watch on miscreants who set dry forest ablaze[/caption]

[caption id="attachment_524705" align="aligncenter" width="792"] Fire services personnel fighting raging wildfire at a forest in Nuapada district[/caption]

[caption id="attachment_524706" align="aligncenter" width="810"] A big tree reduced to cinders in fire at a forest in North Ghumsur division in Ganjam[/caption]

[caption id="attachment_524709" align="aligncenter" width="808"] Forest personnel fighting wildfire at night in Rairakhol[/caption]

[caption id="attachment_524711" align="aligncenter" width="845"] Locals pitched in to put out forest flames in Sambalpur district[/caption]

[caption id="attachment_524686" align="aligncenter" width="842"] Posters on wildfire put up by forest department on a wall at village in Aska, Ganjam[/caption]