Fire at Chamundi Hills doused after 3-hour battle

A fire that broke out in Chamundi Hills has damaged around 10 acres of vegetation on Sunday.

According to the sources the fire broke out at around 1.30 pm near Hukkeri Road. A passerby noticed the thick smoke emanating from the forests and alerted the fire brigade and the forest department.

Five fire fighting vehicles from Sraswathipuram and Hebbal fire stations and Bannimantap arrived at the spot and managed to douse the flame after a three-hour struggle.

Each vehicle carrying 16,000 litres of water could not reach the spot due to the terrain. So with the help of water guns and brooms made of tree branches, the forest personnel and local residents were able to put off the fire at 5 pm.

Deputy Conservator of Forests V Karikalan confirmed that 10 acres of forest has been damaged which might have led to the death of a few birds. Owing to strong wind during the operation it was difficult to tackle the fire at the start. The DCF did not rule out the role of miscreants.

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