Uttarakhand Battles Forest Fires: Indian Air Force Steps In

Reported by Pushpa

In a race against raging flames, Uttarakhand faces a daunting challenge as forest fires continue to wreak havoc in the region. With eight new fires reported in the past 24 hours, the situation remains critical. The Kumaon region, particularly hard-hit, has seen significant damage since November last year.

Efforts to contain the fires are underway, with an Indian Air Force helicopter joining the firefighting operations. The fires, spreading across various districts including Nainital, Champawat, and Almora, have prompted the government to cancel leaves for all forest department officials until the situation stabilizes.

The recent spike in fires has been attributed to dry conditions exacerbated by a lack of winter rain or snowfall. Despite these challenges, Chief Minister Pushkar Singh Dhami remains resolute, urging officials to coordinate efforts and engage local communities in firefighting measures.

While the situation remains concerning, progress is being made. Several fires have been extinguished, thanks in part to the efforts of the IAF helicopter and additional personnel deployed to the affected areas. Collaboration with local volunteers and officials is proving crucial in the battle against the flames.

With the forest fire season officially underway, authorities are on high alert. Stern action is being taken against those responsible for starting fires deliberately, with 196 cases filed against alleged ‘anti-social elements’. Despite the challenges, officials remain optimistic about bringing the situation under control and safeguarding the region’s precious forests.”

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