With the mercury touching 46 degree Celsius today, forest fire rages in Jammu, Reasi and Akhnoor districts which destroyed flora and fauna, besides experts claim that this trend could affect Vashno Devi yatra if not controlled timely.
Though, the actions taken by the department prevented major damages especially to the overhead power lines and adjoining cultivated lands. The fire due to its proximity to the residential areas could cause immense damage to the village property also.
In Jammu forest fire erupted in the in Sidra-Narwal streach of highway near Mohmaya Temple which spread swiftly over a larger area which was reported to the concerned Dy Director Forest Protecting Force (FPF) Shidra range, Suresh Sharma who rushed to the spot with his team to control the fire.
Later three fire tenders of fire brigade also reached on the spot and doused the fire after hard efforts for hours but reports said that some bushes which are even unreachable by foot are still burning.
Similarly fire also erupted in the Trikuta Hills of Mata Vaishno Devi and spread over a larger chunk destroying tress and other natural assets. Though, the fire did not affect the yatra as the place where major fire broken out was about one kilometer away from yatra route.
But if the fire will not be controlled soon it will definitely affect the yatra as it was spreading rapidly in all directions including ‘Ahdkunwari’ which was about half a kilometer away from flames when the last reports poured in.
The fire where erupted is a steep hill due to which several hard efforts by the police, CRPF, forest department and shrine board authorities to douse it goes vain.
While in Akhnoor fire broke out at this afternoon about 50 meters away from Thati village in Akhnoor. The fire spread along Chenab River in wild bushes and trees near the houses of the villagers and was immediately reported by Army personnel in vicinity and later by the villagers of Thati village.
Later a team from Army along with water bowser rushed to the spot and carried out fire fighting to put off the fire. Finally the fire was brought under control after hours and no loss of human life and property was reported from the area.