The state, which is also referred to as 'Devbhoomi', saw a major rise in forest fires (Representative Image).  |  Photo Credit: iStock Images
- Around 567 hectares of land were damaged due to forest fires in Uttarakhand this year
- Within four days of April, 361 instances of forest fires were recorded in Uttarakhand
Dehradun: As many as 361 incidents of forest fires were recorded within five days of April. The fires damaged 567 hectares, including 380 hectares of reserve forest areas. As flames engulfed several parts of the state, National Disaster Response Force (NDRF) personnel were deployed in the area along with choppers.
Since 2010, 14 human lives were lost to forest fires in Uttarakhand. This year, four persons, including two forest officials died in the fires. Seven districts- Pauri Garhwal, Tehri Garhwal, Dehradun, Chamoli, Rudraprayag, Nainital and Almora - were the most affected by the fires.
The state, which is also referred to as 'Devbhoomi', saw a major rise in forest fires. Environmentalist Anoop Nautiyal said that the fires were caused due to climate change and human errors. This year, the forest fires began in the first week of April. This season, more than 1,100 forest fires were recorded in Uttarakhand, The Indian Express reported.
In 2016, the state of Uttarakhand recorded the worst wildfires where 4,433 hectares of land was destroyed in 2,074 fire incidents. During that time, the forest fires went unnoticed for several days. That year, forest fires were reported from 1,200 areas on April 26. As per experts, the forest fires will be worse than the fires in 2016.