Dhankuta forest fires put many settlements at risk

- Post Report, DHANKUTA

Apr 17, 2018-

Fires at two community forests in Dhankuta have burned through more than 100 hectares of forest land since Saturday evening. The fires at Wagle Community Forest and Chureghati Community Forest had not been contained until late Monday afternoon.

People involved in fire control operation said there is a danger of the flames spreading into the settlements nearby.

Locals and security personnel are working tirelessly to contain the blaze, but their efforts so far seem to have gone up in smoke. 

Rajendra Khadka, the district chairman of Federation of Community Forestry Users Nepal (Fecofun), said the settlements of Malbase, Thoka, Seule and Amaltar are at great risk.

The extent of damage caused by the fires to the two community forests are not immediately known, he added. Chief District Officer Prem Prakash Uprety claimed that the local administration is doing its best to bring the fires under control.

Forest fires have already destroyed around 1,500 hectares of forest land in Dhankuta this year, according to Fecofun.

Last year, forest fires had destroyed hundreds of hectares of forest land in Pathibhara, Sibhuwa Taklakhara, Hadikharka, Jalkanya, Rudrabari, Bodhe, Patlesanne, Raghutar and Bishranti. A person had also died while trying to put out a forest fire that year. 

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Published: 17-04-2018 08:28

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