Slide In Temp Brings Down Incidents Of Forest Fire Across State | Bhubaneswar News

Bhubaneswar: Incidents of forest fire across the state have dropped significantly with the dip in temperature. But the forest department has not reduced deployment of manpower because the fire season lasts up to May-end. Currently, around 3,000 personnel of 300 fire squads are engaged across the state.
The IMD has been recording below normal temperature across the state due to thunderstorms for the past few days. Some places are witnessing intermittent drizzle and heavy rain too. This, the forest department said, helps contain spread of fire.
The drastic fall in fire incidents is evident from the fact that it has come down to 181 active fire points on Saturday (till filing of the report) from 1,800 points 10 days ago.
“Our personnel are very active and alert, and the strategies that have been devised will be put to use if fire takes place further. The weather condition has added to the advantage of the forest. However, there is no scope for complacency,” said Debidatta Biswal, principal chief conservator of forests and head of forest force.
The state’s forests may be saved from fire for another four days as IMD has forecast low temperature and thunderstorm activities.
Considering the early scorching summer and more than 1,000 fire points being detected from first week of March, forest officials apprehend widespread fire like it happened in 2021. But the weather has paused the pace of the inferno.
In March and April, massive forest fire was reported from almost all forests as it is a man-made phenomenon for which pre-emptive steps are being taken and awareness drives carried out.
“We are now able to attend close to 90 per cent fire points. Prior to 2021, we didn’t have that many fire point access by the field staff. It has improved since 2021. This year, out of 12,085 fire points detected till March 5, forest personnel were able to attend to 11,670 fire sites,” Biswal said.

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