Forest fires in Uttarakhand have been brought “under control” with the number of places affected by the blaze having coming down from 1,200 to 60. There were fires at more than 1,200 places earlier.
Fire has been raging across 13 districts since beginning of February.
Combination of high temperature and dry weather with winds blowing has resulted to spread of fire.
The worst affected district are Chamoli, Pithoragarh, Nainital, Bageshwar and Pauri Garhwal.
Due to Fire over 60 Hectares of forest was destroyed in Kedarnath Musk Deer Sanctuary.
The raging fire, forests in 3185.45 hectares have been blighted since February 2 but pre monsoon forest fires are not unusual with locals burning forests for timber
The Corbett Tiger Reserve and Kalagarh Tiger Reserve known for its Royal Bengal Tigers, 48 forest fire has destroyed around 260.9 hectares of the forest.
With inputs from IANS and PTI