Six-fold increase in forest fires as temperatures rise in many states

Six-fold increase in forest fires as temperatures rise in many states

By Ishan Kukreti | Last Updated: Friday 10 May 2019

The Forest Survey of India’s large forest fires monitoring programme data shows that there are 192 large, active fires in the country today

As many states face higher than normal maximum temperature, instances of large fires have increased more than six times across the country within this week.

The Forest Survey of India’s (FSI’s) large forest fires monitoring programme data shows that there are 192 large, active fires in the country today (May 10). This figure was at 30 when this week began.

Highest number of fires is being reported from Uttarakhand (91), Chhattisgarh (36), Madhya Pradesh (17) and Uttar Pradesh (11). The corresponding figures for the instances of large fires on May 6 for these states were 4, 7, 4 and 2 respectively.

According to the India Metrological Department (IMD) data, on May 9, maximum temperatures were 3.1 to 5 degree Celsius above normal at most places in Uttarakhand, Nagaland, Manipur, Mizoram, Tripura, Punjab, Haryana, Chandigarh, Delhi, east Uttar Pradesh, Jharkhand, Jammu & Kashmir, Bihar, Chhattisgarh, Marathwada and coastal Andhra Pradesh.

The highest maximum temperature was recorded at Banda (east Uttar Pradesh) at 46.2° C. Uttarakhand has seen a sudden spurt in large fire instances, as temperatures peaked along with a rain deficit.

“The main reason for the spike in these large fire incidences is increase in temperature and rain fall deficit. Temperatures across the state have risen by at least 4° C, and there has been no rain since last week. We have all the resources at work to control the fires and prevent the loss of flora and fauna across the state,” Uttarakhand chief conservator of forest (forest fire and disaster management) PK Singh told Down to Earth.

The total number of fire incidences in the state, including but not limited to the large fire instances recorded by FSI, stands at 473 on May 10 — affecting 644 hectares of forest area. So far, five people have been injured and five animals have died in the fire. The loss caused by the fires is estimated to be around Rs 10.53 crore.

Link: https://www.downtoearth.org.in/news/climate-change/six-fold-increase-in-forest-fires-as-temperatures-rise-in-many-states-64475

Rain brings relief from forest fires in Coimbatore

Rain brings relief from forest fires in Coimbatore

By: Wilson Thomas

21 April 2019

Dampens the rising danger of wildfires after weeks of dry conditions

Another forest fire in Vattavada region

Another forest fire in Vattavada region

Officials calculate that the fire was intentionally created to delay or prevent departmental action in connection with the Neelakurinji garden. Further investigations are on.

Apr 15, 2019, 07:59 PM IST

Vattavada: Another forest fire has broken out in the Kambakkallu-Kadavari region near here in Idukki district on Monday.

The fire has destroyed several acres of land. The fire is spreading in block 58 of the stipulated Neelakurinji garden.

Forest department and fire and rescue service personnel are trying to douse the blaze.

According to the officials, the fire started on an area owned by the royal plantation company. Similar forest fires were reported in the region in the region in the previous days.

The forest department had registered a case and was investigating as to how the fire broke out. There were reports that the fire was intentionally started by humans.

Officials calculate that the fire was intentionally created to delay or prevent departmental action in connection with the Neelakurinji garden. Further investigations are on.

Link: https://english.mathrubhumi.com/news/kerala/another-forest-fire-in-vattavada-region-1.3730317