Himachal fire: 50 hectares of forest land destroyed in Shimla

Shimla: Over 50 hectares of forest land have been destroyed in Himachal Pradesh’s Shimla rural forest division after the wild fire, which has been raging in the region for a week now, broke out at 12 new places.

More than 200 forest fire incidents have been reported in the state this month alone.

On Wednesday, fire broke out at Sangti area of Summer Hill, while another broke out at Summer Hill area. On Tuesday, a fire brigade team had reached to control the flames at Sanjauli near Chalaunthi.

According to reports, around 22 percent covering 8,267 sq km of the total forest area in the state is fire prone. Majority of fire incidents are reported from the pine forests during summers every year when pine trees shed their dry needles, which are highly inflammable. (ANI)