Forest dept seeking help from god

DAINIK NATION BUREAU

Forest officials are keeping their finger cross to get respite from the raging forest fires. Nearly 4,000 hectares have been affected due to the forest fires in the state. Significantly, Dehradun, Chamoli and Rudraprayag have experienced some rains even on Tuesday. Meteorological Department presumes more rain to happen on wednesday.

The forest fires are proving to be a major challenge for state forest authorities. The forest machinery is finding it tough to tackle the challenge which has been aggravating day by day.

But rains could come as big respite for state forest department in dousing forest fires. Dehradun Met office has forecast rains in some parts of the state on Wednesday, which could provide partial relief to the forest department.

Ironically, most of the districts in the state have been affected by the forest fire. Inadequate winter rains have led to reduced moisture content in forest soil. Even temperatures have been soaring these days, which led to increase in incidents of forest fires.

The forest fire situation had aggravated to such an extent that Chief Minister Trivendra Rawat recently convened a high-level meeting of forest officials seeking prompt remedial measures. He even expressed resentment over complacent attitude of the state forest department towards forest fires.

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