SALYAN, May 14: Three people were killed in recent forest fire incidents in Salyan district. Punti Bohora, 55, of Simpani of Chattreshwori Rural Municipality-6, Gobaran Pun, 60, of Duberi in Sarada Municipality and Khagendra Bohora, 40, of Simpani in Chattreshwori Rural Municipality-6 were killed when they fought forest fire that had entered their settlement on May 11.
According to the District Police Office, Salyan, cases of forest fire were reported in various community forests across Salyan district lately. Punti and Gobardan died on the spot while Khagendra, who was seriously injured in the incident died during treatment in Kathmandu today.
The forest fire has damaged 8 houses at Chattreshwori-7 and 4 houses in Kalimati Rural Municipality-1, shared Armed Police Force’s Sub Inspector of Police, Bimal Dangi.
“The fire continue to rage on and has not come under control yet although coordinated effort has been made between the security agencies and locals,” Sub Inspector Dangi said, adding that in lack of adequate resources, proper tools and equipment, fire could not be brought under control. Meanwhile, police have arrested a person on the charge of attempting to kindle fire in the forest during this dry season.
Ram Bahadur Bali of Sharada-2 in the district was caught red-handed while he was lighting fire in the Chandrapal Community forest fire. Division Forest Office’s officer Thir Bahadur Karki informed that various community forests in Kapurkot, Chatreshwori, Kalimati rural municipality and Sharada Municipality had caught fire.
Efforts to douse the fire were underway, according to Karki. More than 3,000 hectares of forest land of 11 community forests in the district were damaged due to forest fire so far, he said. RSS