Forest fires are increasing in frequency in India Photo by Aditya Joshi. The beginning of summer in India has arrived with a spate of forest fires across the country. Fires are raging in the dry deciduous forests of southern and western India. Sporadic fires have begun in the sub-tropical forests of the Himalayas as well. Even as the weathermen predict a scorching summer, 22 patches of forests are burning in the hilly state of Uttarakhand in northern India. The state made headlines in when hectares of forests were charred in a major fire outbreak.
Ep. 41: In India, Misguided Policies Leave Forests Ablaze
Most Forest Fires in India Are Due to Human Activity
The court had directed Rajiv Bhartari the Principal Chief Conservator of Forest of the state to be present virtually in the court. Bhartari informed the court about the policy and technique of fighting the forest fire. Authorities said the fire, which possibly started in the afternoon of December 29, is spreading towards the Manipur side of the Valley and may take a few days to bring under control. The fire broke out in the Dzukou range in Southern Angami region of the district on Tuesday afternoon.
Uncontrollable fires have devastated many parts of India over the past decade, causing severe damage to forest ecosystems. Fire is a good servant but a bad master, as the saying goes. The same is true for forest fires. Controlled forest fires have been essential for forest growth, but uncontrolled forest fire can engulf and destroy healthy, thick forest cover in no time.