Bandipur fire refuses to die; ops continue to control wildfire

Mysuru, February 25:- The fire that broke out in Bandipur National Park (BNP) last Saturday continues to rage, killing thousands of birds and animals and ravaging more than 20,000 acres of precious forest land. The fire brigade is going all out to put out the fire that is threatening to damage further. “The fire broke out at 17 places on the same day in Mysuru District,” Mysuru District DFO Gururaju said on Monday.

Speaking to the media, he said that fire erupted at Periyapattana, KR Nagar and in many areas of Nanjangud. The temperature is rising day by day owing to the unprecedented fire. “Our firefighters are operating 24×7 at affected areas. They have also been deployed at the famous Chamundi Hills as a precautionary measure. We are in constant touch with the Forest Department officials there,” he said.

More than 200 firefighters are operating at Bandipur to extinguish the fire. We are gathering information every second. Ninety per cent of the wildfire has been extinguished successfully. We are still not able to completely extinguish the fire due to air intensity, he said.

“Around 12 to 17 fire brigade vehicles from Mysuru District are involved in the fire extinguishing operation at Bandipur. Though the extinguishing operation is on, the fire appears at some places may be due to air intensity. We have sent five vehicles from the Nagarhole Wildlife Sanctuary, 12 vehicles are operating from Chamarajanagar division and along with the Bandipur authorities,  fire extinguishing operation is carried out at Gopalaswamy Hills and other areas to control the raging fire,” he said.

Meanwhile, District In-charge Minister G T Devegowda has said that he is shocked by the Bandipur wildfire.

The minister said that the forest department is working tirelessly to extinguish the fire and said all steps will be been taken to bring an end to the menace. He said that action will be taken to avoid any harm to animals and nature and said Chief Minister H D Kumaraswamy has instructed for all necessary actions. (MR/KS).


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