Similipal Tiger Reserve Wildfire: Another Fire Breaks Out In Bhanjabasa Range

Uttarakhand   |   26 March 2021 5:53 AM GMT
Editor : Prateek Gautam | Creatives : Anukriti Ganesh
For a fortnight now, the Similipal Tiger Reserve in Odisha’s Mayurbhanj district has been burning. Twelve of the 21 ranges in the 2,750 square kilometre-reserve, have been affected by forest fires.

The forest officials claim the fire has been brought under control, but on the evening of March 7, a video of another fire in Bhanjabasa range surfaced.

While forest officials, firefighters and locals are trying to bring the forest fire under control, M Yogajayananda, regional chief conservator of forest, Baripada circle, said "some amount of rain is necessary to keep more fires from coming up".

According to the latest reports, the adjoining Kuldiha sanctuary has also caught fire. A local outfit 'Bhanja Sena' has called for a 12-hour bandh in Mayurbhanj district on March 10 to protest against the administration's failure to control the fire in the tiger reserve.

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