After the fire in Similipal Tiger Reserve in Odisha, another major forest fire has broken out in the nearby Kuldiha Sanctuary in Nilgiri and Boudh Forest Division on Saturday.
Fire Services personnel and Forest Department staffs are reportedly working day and night to bring the wildfire under control. Local people have also come forward to provide a helping hand to extinguish the flames in Kuldiha Sanctuary.
According to the Forest Survey of India’s fire alerts system based on SNPP (Suomi National Polar-orbiting Partnership), at least 19,233 fire spots were detected in Odisha since February 28 this year. The fire alert system also reported around 7,000 new fire points in the state in the last 24 hours.
When asked about the situation, Principal Chief Conservator of Forest Sashi Paul strongly reiterated that the fire is under control. He also assured that proper measures have been taken like every year.
“Let me first clarify the perception that has been created that the fire been blazing for almost 15 days. This is incorrect. Like every year, fire points in the forest have been reported during this season. This year too it is being reported.” – Sashi Paul
“We have stationed around 1250 men which including forest department staff and fire watchers engaged on daily wages. Fire protection squads have been formed. They have been equipped with vehicles and fire blowers. Even 40 vehicles of the Forest Department have been pressed into action.” – Sashi Paul
Meanwhile, the Similipal authorities have claimed that the core area of the Tiger Reserve is now secured. The fire in the buffer zone and foothill areas are under control as well.\