No major fires break out in Bandipur forest

• There was no outbreak of major fire for the second consecutive day in Bandipur but for sporadic incidents of ground fire stoked by the prevailing wind.

• The focus of the authorities on Wednesday was to ensure that the fire did not spread towards Maddur and Moolehole from the Gopalaswamy Betta ranges.

• Scores of forest guards hired on temporary basis for the fire season were deployed along the forest boundary separating Gopalaswamy Betta with Maddur range and they took position at a stretch of every 100 to 200 metres, with volunteers supporting their effort.

• Drones were used frequently and monitored from the ground to ascertain if there were any fire spots or if smoke was emanating from any part of the forest.

What is the one of the reason for forest fires?

• The M.M. Hills Wildlife Sanctuary is also reeling under severe heat. In view of Mahashivaratri, which draws devotees in tens of thousands to the Male Mahadeshwara shrine.

• The authorities have decided to establish temporary camps along the steps and the walking path stretching to almost 18 km from the base of the hills.

• Devotees have a tendency to leave burning camphor and incense sticks on the steps or pathway and this could accidentally trigger fire. Hence, we have created a few sites where incense sticks and camphor could be left behind.

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Mains Paper 3: Environment

Prelims level: Bandipur forest

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