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Temperature increases peak forest fires

Pine needle fires in the woods of Solan and Kasauli are at their climax right now, with the mercury remaining two to three degrees above usual. The local meteorological department has predicted that the heatwave will last for the next four to five days, so there is no sign of relief from the oppressive heat. Pine needles are more likely to catch fire since the region hasn’t seen much rain in a while.

Today’s temperatures in the Solan and Kasauli regions were from 29 to 31 degrees Celsius, contributing to the deadliest pine forest fire of the year. Additionally, fire fighters from Kasauli, Parwanoo, and Solan were called into duty both during the day and at night. After a fire broke out in a forest close to Sanawar this afternoon, they were seen on the roads around Kasauli.

The weekend surge of visitors had trapped the fire tenders at the tight Garkhal crossroads. The police found it increasingly difficult to make room for these big cars on the one-lane roads that surround Kasauli.

Even though the Solan Forest Division has recorded 20 significant forest fires so far this season, the number is increasing daily.

There have been at least four fire occurrences recorded today in Solan in the Chail Wildlife Sanctuary, Kandaghat, Sanawar, and Shilli. In addition to 217.2 hectares of government land burned to the fire this season, over 3.6 lakh plantations have also perished, according to Divisional Forest Officer (DFO), Solan Hitender Gupta.

In the previous year, relatively few fire events were documented. Pine needles have now blanketed areas that have not seen a fire in the previous two years. In these kinds of places, all it takes is a spark to start a large fire, and it takes hours to put out the flames,” said Gupta.

at dense woods, where fire tenders cannot reach, forest guards and fire watchers put their lives at danger to put out the fire. In windy situations, they utilize sticks made of forest vegetation to break the fire lines, which spreads the flames even further.

The DFO said, “Earlier this week, a forest guard in Solan was dousing a fire amid thick smoke when he was bitten by a poisonous insect.”

In the rainy season, the local people often start forest fires in an attempt to get access to better pastures. A roadside cigarette left lighted by a heartless person might potentially start a fire.

The locals are being made aware that this activity does not ruin the riches of the forest, thus they should refrain from it.

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