Photos: Massive fires in Uttarakhand; Almora, Nainital worst hit.

NAINITAL: Massive Explodes In The Jungles Of & Nainital Districts In, Forest Fires Have Unleashed In The Areas Of Bhimtal, Sattal And Devidhura; The Flames In The Flammable Pine Jungles On Bhowali Road In The Han District Left Particularly Concerned Environmentalists. The State Capital Has Also Been Witness Of Around 32 Cases Of Forest Fires In The Last 11 Days.

A Total Of 189.25 Hectares Of Forest Area Was Lost In Almora District Which Witnessed 76 Fire Incidents While 168.28 Hectares Of Forests Were Gutted In Nainital District, Which Saw The Highest Number Of 170 Wildfire Incidents.

The State Has Been Witness Of 595 Fire Incidents Until May 12. Of These, Tehri Garhwal Saw 70 Fire Incidents, Champawat (60), Pauri Garhwal (68), Dehradun (34), (27), Rudraprayag (26), Bageshwar (20), Chamoli (15), Haridwar (13) , Uttarkashi (12) And Udham Singh Nagar (4).

Environmentalists Say That Most Forest Fires Are Entirely Made By Man.

Vishal Singh, Executive Director Of CEDAR (Center For Development And Research In Ecology), Headquartered In Dehradun, Told TOI:" Forest Fires In The Western Himalayan Region Are Almost Fully Artificial."

" The Real Problem Comes When Such Fires Leave Hands," Singh Added.

" The Experiments Show That The Productivity Of Forage Gramineae Under The Pine Canopy Is Much Greater; For Example, The Yield Of The Napier Grass (Pennisetum Purpureum) Is Close To 8 Tons Per Hectare Per Year." The Forestry Department Must Take Such Simple And Low-cost Measures To Prevent Forest Fires And Provide Green And Nutritious Forage To Livestock," He Said. Singh

Meanwhile, Local Residents Have Alleged That The Malefactors Are Burning The Jungles.

Gauri Rana, A Resident Who Has Been Fighting Forest Fires In Sattal For More Than A Week, Said:" We Saw Two People With Torches Burning The Jungle. We Warned Them And We Persecuted But They Disappeared. Many Houses Have Also Been Affected By These Fires."

Renu Pal, Resident Of The Rajpur De Derad Area, Said:" The Forest Fire I Seen Sunday Was One Of The Worst Cases In The Recent Past." He Added That Revelers And The Lack Of Humidity In Forests Are Responsible For Forest Fires In The State.

Jai Raj, Chief Conservator Of Forests And Head Of The Forestry Force, Said:" A Person In The Kumaon Division Has Already Been Registered To Attempt To Start Fires." We Are On Maximum Statewide Alert To Prevent Any Act Of This Type. Times, The Winds Help Propagate Fires Started By Farmers In Their Fields To Nearby Jungle Areas"

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