The forest fire in Uttarakhand does not show any signs of reducing at least as of now. The fire has increased furthermore in the Almora and Nainital region due to the rise in temperature. Moreover, it has emerged that the fire has also caught in Bhimtal, Sattal and Devidhura regions. In the last 11 days, 32 cases of forest fire in Uttarakhand’s Dehradun region have been reported. Moreover, 76 cases of forest fire have been reported in the Almora region, and about 189.23 hectares of forest land has been burnt down to ashes. Furthermore, 170 cases of forest fire have been reported in Nainital alone, and 170 hectares of forest land has been burnt down.
There has been a gradual rise in the frequency of forest fire cases over the past few months. 595 cases of forest fire have been reported until 12th May. Whereas, 60 cases of forest fire in Champavati region, and 34 of such incidents in the Garhwal district have also been reported. The cause of such frequent fires is said to be less than average rainfall in the region, plus the rise in temperature.
The reports until 8th May revealed that the 6 civilians have died and and 4 of them are injured due to the forest fire. While the rising temperature is being claimed to be the primary cause of forest fire, it is also being said that humans are equally responsible for the disaster. The fire-breakout in the western Himalayan region is said to be a man-made disaster. Villagers put fire to burn grass weeds in the field; this is thus being considered as one of the major causes for the forest fire.
It has been reported that the frequency of forest fire has increased by 500% over the past few months. Loss worth Rs. 2 crore has incurred due to forest fires in the last 19 years. Concerns are being expressed as the forest fire is slowly reaching the village regions.