Uttarakhand News

69 hectare of forest land gutted in Uttarakhand in past three weeks

It’s that time of the year again. With 81 incidents of forest fires already reported in the past 3 weeks, Uttarakhand has already lost 69 hectare of forest land. The fire season in Uttarakhand starts roughly from February to June as the weather is dry and humidity is low during this period. According to the previous report, around 6.17% of Indian forests being subjected to fire every year.

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An estimated loss of around Rs. 70,000 in the damages have been caused by forest fires since February 15 this year.  In comparison to the Garhwal, Kumaon region has been worst affected with around 60% of the damage reported from forest reserves. The state forest department has cancelled the holidays of all its staff for the next four months until the fire season prevails.

The officials figures reported 68 incidents of fire in which over 31 hectare were gutted. In Kumaon region, 12 incidents of forest fire burned around 33 hectare of forest land. Kedarnath Wildlife Sanctuary witnesses a loss of 5 hectare owning to forest fire.

Inputs from Hindustan Times, original report by Nihi Sharma