26 May Uttarakhand Forest Fire
Uttarakhand Forest Fire : Uttarakhand forest hasn’t stopped burning.
Australian Bushfire, Cyclones, Gas Leakages,Covid Pandemic, Earthquakes At Many Places In India And Now Fire In The Uttarakhand Forest
Uttarakhand Forest recently witnessed a huge fire in the forest which has spread over more than 900 hectares of land. The fire incident have been reported from all thirteen districts of the state. The majorly affected districts are Nainital and Almora. The forests in these districts are largely comprised of oak and pine trees. The pine trees are also called as the ‘chir ke ped’ which are highly inflammable and it covers more than 16% of the total state’s forest land.
Rainfall and a hailstorm on Wednesday afternoon brought some relief to the forest and has mitigated the fire to some extent.
Recently, two large active forest fires were reported in Tehri Garhwal and Pauri Garhwal districts of the state. The number of forest fire alerts reported since 9 May by satellite imagery, is 2,460, as recorded by the SNPP, and 231 as recorded through the Moderate Resolution Imaging Spectro-Radiometer (MODIS). The SNPP is more capable of mapping small fires and provides better accuracy of the location as compared to the MODIS.
The Conservator of Forest of Kumaon division said, “We can now locate the pinpoint location with the help of satellites. It used to be very difficult earlier, but with latest technology, we are able to reach the exact location in quicker time now.”
The fires have caused a huge damage and destroyed acres of green cover in the forests. Dry weather, high temperatures and lack of rainfall have support the fires to spread vigorously.
GP Sharma, president of metrology at Skymet Weather said, “The state has seen a deficiency in rainfall from the last year — including last year’s post-monsoon season, the winter, and this pre-monsoon period. This has resulted in plenty of dryness. Rainfall took place in some areas, but it was not enough to extinguish the fire. Controlling wildfire is a very difficult task. Only preparation and vigilance can help.”
Looking at the current situation, Jai Raj, Principal Chief Conservator of Forests (HoFF) said that the situation is under control now. The fire was because of human activity and due to negligence. sometimes, people unintentionally throws a lit cigar or beedi on the ground. Sometimes, villagers living close to the forest intentionally burn their waste on the ground. The forest department, the fire department , police and SDRF are all working together to extinguish the fire. We are looking at a new trend in which the local people are helping the department.
Wildlife reserves across the state have also been affected by the fire. On Monday afternoon, the fire spread till the famous jim Corbett National Park. The Bijrani and Manda areas of the park have lost a big amount of green cover due to fire.
Prasana Patro, Field Director at Rajaji Tiger Reserve said that the Haridwar range, particularly the Mansa Devi and Chandi Devi area and the Luni beat of Pauri district, both of which fall under the Rajaji Tiger Reserve are the most affected. An initial assessment has revealed that 32 hectares of forest have been largely impacted. The situation is under control now, though we are still waiting for the rain to extinguish the fire completely.”
Every year, Uttarakhand loses a large part of its forest green areas due to fires, mostly during this time of the year. Very recently, an RTI reply from the department revealed that more than 44000 hectares of forest, which is roughly equivalent to 61000 football fields, have been destroyed ever since the formation of state in the year 2000.
Though the exact damage is yet to be revealed, the uttarakhand forest department has estimated a loss of more than Rs 17 lakh in this fire. From the time the state was carved out of Uttar Pradesh, it has faced a total loss of over Rs 15 million.
This is the extent of the loss that can be calculated. The rest is abstract — the pollution levels, the impact on air quality, the damage to rivers and glaciers, the number of birds, insects, etc.
A gigantic forest fire was also reported in 2016. The one question to ask is why do we not learn from the past? A social activist and a member of the wildlife advisory board, said that the forest department is not prepared to tackle incidents like this. Neither do they have proper equipment nor proper clothes and boots. The fire in the area of Almora district occurred because a villager close by was burning the waste. There is no monitoring, and no awareness.”
Speaking of the air quality, Sharma ji said, “It will definitely impact the air quality. The only good thing is that winds are in our favour. A fairly good amount of flow is there, so the smoke will not be stagnant.”
People Are Asking How Much We gonna Suffer?
See what people are saying about this…
* How God shall be kind to us? Did we take care of this planet carefully? We have poisoned the sea, we have cutted forests, mountains…. Such a way as if God is only for us…
* We have forgotten one thing god the almighty is the creator of this planet…. The way he will listen to us the same way he will listen to a tree,mountains rivers infact the prayers of this whole environment 🙂
* Human has destroyed mother nature alot , it is payback to human society.
* Every Person in the world is begging and praying to God to be kind to them. But never once stop to think we were never kind to his creation. What is been given is coming back in return.
* This year is showing us that noone is more powerful than nature and god. We humans use to think that we are everything and we can do whatever we want. These are our karma.
* As the saying goes ‘You reap what you sow’, We humans have done a lot of damage to mother Earth in the name of Development.
We have exploited our nature to such an extent that now the nature is hitting us back, in order to restore itself.
Whatever is happening is really bad, this should not happen, but at the same time this is we humans who have done this, so we must now face consequences.