Dept begins to prepare for future forest fires
Even as officials from Sanjay Gandhi National Park (SGNP) said that they have begun their preparations to fight forest fires much in advance this year, wildlife activists have urged forest department to also set up a team comprising of trained volunteers for help during such fires.
“Though the fire in Goregaon hillocks was on a private area, our staff of 40 people helped the fire brigade officials to contain the fire quickly. After the incident, we decided to begin our own preparations to manage forest fires in and around SGNP from now itself, which normally begins in February,” said Chief Conservator of Forest (CCF) and Director of SGNP Anwar Ahmed.
Ahmed shared that he has already put a 300-member team of fire watchers, which was formed last year, on alert. “We have modern firefighting equipment and are planning to procure some early fire detection equipments this year that can help us detect fire quickly and identify the location early,” he said, adding that 99 per cent of fires set in and around SGNP forest were man-made.
We have modern fire-fighting equipment and are planning to procure some early fire detection equipment this year Anwar Ahmed,
CCF and Director of SGNP
Containing forest fires, especially after March, when the entire forest is dry and full of leaf litter are extremely difficult to control.
As per the officials, the most important aspect of managing a forest fire is early detection. “We already have some towers and by January, more towers will be set up along important areas to keep a watch on forest fires. Once its detected, various teams are dispatched,” said an official. Full report on www.dnaindia.com