99 hectares of forest cover hit by wildfires in past 5 mths

Dehradun : Nearly 99 hectares of forest cover in Uttarakhand was affected by forest fires in the past five months , says the data from the forest department . The data shows a maximum 40.43 hectare area was gutted in Garhwal region , followed by 31.55 hectare in Kumaon region and 27.02 hectare gut ted in ‘ admin wildlife ‘ ( a category of protected forest area ) since November 2022 .

This has led to monetary loss worth Rs 4,65,920 , wherein a loss of Rs 3.66 lakh has been reported from Kumaon , Rs 89,000 in Garhwal and Rs 10,000 was recorded from admin wildlife .

In both Kumaon and Garhwal regions , almost two dozen fire incidents have taken place while a dozen such incidents have been reported in the protected forests . Across the state , the highest forest fire incidents were re corded from Almora forest division where 22.75 hectare area has burnt , followed by Govind Wildlife Sanctuary and Chakrata , where 15 hectare and 11 hectare area was affected by the wild fires respectively .

99 hectares of forest cover hit
99 hectares of forest cover hit

The cases of fire spiked during February when the hot weather added to the dryness of the al ready dry forest floor . ” The spike in wildfires was observed from February as the temperature hovered at least 6 to 7 degrees above normal , ” said the frontline forest staff deployed in Dehra dun forest division .

Meanwhile , Maheshanand Kuniyal , sarpanch of Sarkot Van Panchayat in Chamoli , had tendered resignation from his post after some anti forest elements tried to burn the forests thrice in the past ten days . ” It was sheer politics due to which this happened here and the administration is yet to take a decision on my resignation , ” said Kuniyal . In Pauri , cops have registered a complaint against unknown people for causing fire in the forests .

Amid the spiked fire incidents across the state , the silver lining was that there were no casualties among the villagers or the frontline staff of forest department , nor was any live stock hurt , according to the forest department .

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