15 pc decrease in forest fire in 2020 : Dept

15 pc decrease in forest fire in 2020 : Dept

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Hyderabad, Apr 17: Telangana Forest Department has said that there was a 15 per cent decrease in the forest fire in this year (2020) as compared to the previous two years.

In a statement here on Friday, the forest department has made it clear that it is fully alert to the fire hazards in this season and that the staff are working hard even during the lockdown. Officials said that there was no truth in the propaganda that thousands of fire accidents are happening in the forests. This year forest fires are being thoroughly verified by the field staff and the forest department is taking measures to prevent and mitigate the fires.

There were 12,292 accidents in 2018 and 12,255 in 2019 and as of April 16, compared to the last two years satellites have recorded 10,415 fires so far this year. Thus, there is a 15 per cent decrease compared to the previous two years. Forest Department officials have analyzed 9,595 (92 per cent) of the fire alerts at the field level and prepared a report. Of the 113 areas recorded this year, there were no actual accidents. About 245 fires were reported outside the forest areas, the statement said.

Further, the Forest Department work 2519 nos (Advance Operations for next year plating), has also been reported as fire by satellites. But all of these are actually advance operations carried out by the department. Also, the department creates fire lines to prevent them from spreading. Even during the advance operations, garbage was burnt and 314 nos such fires were recorded. Out of these, 89 fires were actually for maintenance of old fire lines. Farmers in RoFR Patta lands are putting fire as part of crop preparations which account for 268 such alerts.

Even in encroached forest lands which are under occupation have reported 314 nos such fire alerts. Principal Chief Conservator of Forests R Shobha said that the field inspections reveal that the reported fire alerts are due to the rising temperatures during past few days because of the summer.

The Officials have further clarified that the duplication rate was also high in the data sent by two satellites (MODIS. SNPP) on the fires. This means that the number of accidents in a single location in a day is reported twice and even higher as the two satellites will be passing over the country at different timings. This results in duplication of reporting the fire alert more than once, they added. (UNI)