A massive fire in Karnataka’s Bandipur Tiger Reserve destroyed over 1000s of acres of land and has literally turned the animals to ashes. Foresters suspect the Bandipur fire was an act of sabotage; being deliberately destroyed, not an accident.
Bandipur Fire Spread Rapidly
The fire has now spread to an area over 8 km. Since five days, the fire started in Barekatte and Guddakere regions of the reserve has destroyed thousands of acres of forest land along with animals. Strong winds and dry grass have helped the fire to spread towards the roads on National Highway 67. Unending efforts are being put by hundreds of officials from the forest department backed by vocal volunteers to douse the fire.
OMG!!!Heavy fire break out at Bandipur Tiger reserve,already close to thousand acres of forest land effected.Bandipur has some amazing creatures,lets prey for their lives..Ohh God…#animals #Bandipur #Karnataka pic.twitter.com/opFNfvwt8k
— Arun Raj R (@ArunRaj75275879) February 24, 2019
- NH 67 connecting Ooty to Mysuru is closed.
- A Ban on Forest Safaris has been put up as a precautionary measure.
- Forest officer Satish Jarkholi has visited the affected area.
CM Of Karnataka said, “We are closely monitoring the forest fire in Bandipur. Forest Minister is overseeing preventive action and forest officials and fire service personnel are trying to contain the fire. I have instructed officials to also take preventive measures for the future.”
It is said that the fire was first noticed near Mangala, Shivapura, and Hundipura on Friday. Due to the strong wind – foresters, firemen, wildlife volunteers had to struggle to bring the blaze under control.
Forest Guard Charred to Death
A forest guard named Murigeppa Tammangol, 28-Year-Old serving in Kalkere range died of asphyxiation and burn. Also, four others including three forest department staff faced burn injuries while trying to douse a fire.
The Tiger Reserve Covers An Area Of 87,400 hectares
Yes, along with the Wayanad Wildlife Sanctuary and the Nagarahole National Park to form one of India’s ecologically diverse regions. The place is home to many vulnerable species like Gaurs, Tigers, Elephants, and Indian Rock Pythons.
Please save #Bandipur tiger reserve..@CMofKarnataka
I request#karnataka government have to arrange more fire fighters and i request to #IAF for aerial firefighting tool..@nsitharaman
Bz aerial firefighting is the only thing left with us.?
@PMOIndia @BSYBJP pic.twitter.com/Uw0y6v8zjn
— Navaneet U B (@Navaneetub) February 24, 2019
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