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Kashmir forest fires: 4578 incidents destroyed 1273 hectare in 10 years

As climate change takes centre stage in the world affairs, in ecologically fragile Jammu and Kashmir authorities seem to engage in medieval practices to fight the rampant forest fires.

The latest data from the Jammu and Kashmir administration has revealed an alarming trend for a region which sit in the lap of many Himalayan glaciers.

As many as 4578 incidents of forest fire were reported in the Central Asian region in the past decade.

As per India State of Forest Report, 2019, about 97 % of forest area in J&K falls in ‘’less fire prone’’ class only about 3% falls in “moderately fire prone” class.

However, the documents further reveal, that no major loss of forest property have been reported in J&K as most of the forest fires have been creeping and ground fires and have affected only the ground vegetation like shrubs, grasses or natural vegetation.

“In J&K, 4578 forest fire incidents have been reported during last ten years, and on an annual average, a total area of 1273 hectare has been impacted,” official documents reveal.

“There is negligible/nil area under extremely fire prone, very highly fire prone and highly fire prone class in J&K,” the India State of Forest Report, 2019, states.

Reports quoting official documents reveal that J&K authorities propose to create or maintain 171.27 kilometers fire line in vulnerable areas to control spread of forest fires, besides engagement of seasonal fire watchers.

“Fire control rooms are established to deal with the emergency situations,” the document states.

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