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In 2 days 542 forest fires in Telangana

Hyderabad:  From the past two months the fire in the forests is not reducing despite there is a use of fire lines by the forest officials. There were around 383 fires on World Forestry Day that is on March 21 and 159, on March 22 and the total is 542 in two days.

According to the Deccan Chronicle, the fire caught in forest was natural. The environmentalists  asks, what is the use of government’s Haritha Haram programme which is planting of trees when there is lot of fire is occurring.

An environmentalist said, “What is the use of planting lakhs of saplings when forest fires are occurring so often.” The fire doesn’t harm to flora and fauna but also harms the wildlife and affects the biodiversity.

“Two months back we have started using fire lines to control forest fires. We thought there would be a decline in the number of fires but it has become difficult to control the outbreak of fires,” said Munindra, Additional principal chief conservator of forests.

Khammam had a most forest fires at 179, Adilabad (124), Warangal (89), Karimnagar (53), Ranga Reddy (36), Medak (18), Mahbubnagar (18), Nizamabad (17) and Nalgonda (8) according to the data.

Munindra, said, the forest caught fire due to the lightening. High atmospheric temperatures and dryness or low humidity are the causes for the fire to spread. Some caught fire through the irresponsibility of human that throws the cigarette or bidi butts or electric sparks from power lines.