Hundreds of Acres of Forest in Ruins in Repeat Wildfire in Shiradi

Puttur: Wildfire that broke out around the Shiradi ghat region around the weekend is feared to have reduced hundreds of acres of precious forest growth to ashes.

Besides the forests, a large number of exotic flora and fauna is believed to have perished in the fire. Inaccessibility within the forest and steep mountainous range have been stumbling block in dousing the fire. The forest personnel appeared to be helpless being miserably understaffed.

The wildfire this week broke out over the Gundya checkpost and spread to the top of the mountains. The atmospheric summer heat contributed to the destruction. Forests overlooking Barchinahalla, Shiradi and Gundya have been the worst affected.

This is the second time that such a holocaust has taken place. A few days earlier, over 500 acres of forests had perished across Amedikallu, Shishila, Chinganigudde-Shibaraje, Kalenja, Puduvettu and other areas.

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  1. Wildfires, especially in forest lands is likely to increase due to changing climates and constant delays in monsoon season. When the grass is dry a simple cigarette butt can trigger a fire anywhere and that fire can spread all across the land. These wild fires can spread hundreds of miles destroying not only land but also housing properties making people homeless. These kind of fires are very common in North America where the pine trees can catch fire even when they are alive and fresh. Aerial spray is one of the best remedies but in countries such as India the aerial fire precautions are either non-existent or too expensive to provide.

    All said and done, fire prevention and precaution is the best remedy that each and every person should be made responsible. Millions of acres of land with growing grass will become dry and vulnerable to fire hazards. Safety is the best remedy. Cutting the growing grass on a regular basis. Keeping the place clean and tidy is also another solution. Fires can be deadly and can wipe out all the fortunes of agricultural lands, hence public and private meetings should be regularly held with a view to maintain an unified command on all the preventions and precautions.

    It is a new awakening for India, and this awakening should be taken into serious consideration. We travel by land throughout North America and we see millions of dollars being spent year after year to keep the grass cut in a timely manner all across the land, including the sideways of all the major highways of U.S.A and Canada. The global climate change is bringing all sorts of new concerns and anxieties that we cannot take any more for granted.

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