The Uttarakhand forest fire is still spreading fast and catching up more and more areas. The fire is now engulfing Jammu and Kashmir areas, Himachal Pradesh areas and has spread manifolds within a short period. The most affected areas are Tehri, Nainital, Pauri and Rudraprayag. Fire fighting personnel are putting their efforts to bring the fire under control. Helicopters are being used to pour water to bring the fire under control.
The fire which started about 85 days back is spreading fast and has spread to more than 13 districts with 6 districts being critically affected. More than 6000 men from different wings like NDRF, EDRF, PRD and home guards are struggling day and night to bring the fire under control. The severity of the fire has been ascertained by ISRO and has warned that fire is spreading in about 1300 places of North India.
Though forest fires are a regular happening during summer, this one is of a huge scale. Starting from February 2nd, it is spreading till date and is not coming under control. As per the information available 7 people have succumbed to the fire so far. Huge quantity of precious forest area and wildlife has perished due to the fire. Though seamless efforts are being made to bring the fire under control, the relief achieved is very minute. A heavy downpour would be the best solution for this huge fire which is fast spreading.