Himachal Pradesh Gears Up After Forest Fires In Uttarakhand -Ashwani Sharma
Himachal's forest department has already activated a satellite-based Fire Tracking System.
The Principal Chief Conservator of Forests (PCCF) of Himachal Pradesh, Dr Savita has alerted against forest fires in the state after Uttarakhand saw a raging forest fire.
Forest fires in some districts of Himachal, like Solan and Mandi, have already been doused in the last 48 hours.
The state’s forest department has already activated a satellite-based fire tracking system which is the country’s most dependable technology for tactical response to forest fire incidents on a real-time basis.
“Keeping in view the dry spell in the region, we have started monitoring the locations prone to forest fires from April 1, at least 15 days in advance. By now, we have exact data on most of the vulnerable areas. There is a quick response team from the ground forest personnel, DFO, conservator, and even the PCCF”, she said.
Dr Savita also held a review meeting with all the forest circles to take stock of the preparedness of the department.
"Our rapid forest fire fighting force, rapid response teams, and approximately 40,000 man-days of fire watchers are in complete readiness along with the frontline staff for preventing and combating forest fires. The state disaster control room with toll-free number 1077 at the state level and 1070 at district level are fully operational for reporting of the forest fire by the local community", she said.
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Outlook India, 6 April, 2021, https://www.outlookindia.com/website/story/india-news-after-forest-fires-in-uttarakhand-himachal-gears-up-too/379398