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uttarakhand forest fireThe Centre on Saturday deployed three National Disaster Response Force (NDRF) teams to control forest fires in Uttarakhand.

Three teams comprising of 135 personnel have been deployed and the operation to douse the flames has begun. The Prime Minister’s Office (PMO) has also assured all kind of assistance. Around 1500 villages are under threat.

Indian Air Force (IAF) deployed 11-member team with Mi-17 helicopter to control the fire.

The NDRF teams are equipped with water tankers, floating pumps and medical setup to assist the rescue operations in Kumaon and Garhwal regions of the state.

The Authorities have asked the locals to report a fire incident to the concerned district magistrate as soon as they spot it.

922 cases of forest fire incidents have been reported in the state since February this year, killing five people, including
three women and a child in separate incidents and injuring seven others.

Pauri, Tehri and Nainital are the worst hit areas as they abound in Cheed and Sal trees which are highly inflammable.