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Dry weather: 58 forest fire incidents reported in JK during past two weeks: Officials

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Srinagar: Fifty eight incidents of forest fire were reported in Jammu and Kashmir during the last fortnight, officials said.
According to details 50 fire incidents were reported in Jammu alone while the rest eight were witnessed in Kashmir division.
Experts believe the main reason can be the ongoing dry weather conditions.
J&K Chief Wildlife Warden Suresh Kumar Gupta said they have not found any massive damage caused by the fire incidents.
He said that forest fire is a natural phenomenon and it can occur anywhere in the world.
“Sometimes it can be caused accidentally by a small fire incident, sometimes villagers burn grass so that they can get new grass for cattle and that fire starts spreading and there are many multiple reasons for the bush fire,” he said.
He said that the department is trying to control fire by making fire lines and gaps so that to stop fire from spreading.
Kumar said that countries such as Australia, Canada, US or Russia use helicopters to douse forest fire.
“But we don’t see forest fires at that level. Wherever we find any such incident, our team reaches and stops the fire with the help of nearest forest residents,” he added.
He appealed to people living near forests to cooperate with their department in bringing down fire incidents.
Meanwhile, director meteorological centre Srinagar Sonam Lotus said that “this year there has been a prolonged dry spell in J&K in March-April. As a result, we are noticing above normal temperatures compared to the last few years. Prolonged dry spell is a favourable condition for forest fire,” he added.
He predicted light to moderate rain on 13-14 April and said that it can bring down the soaring temperature. (KNO)

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