MANMA, April 12: Multiple incidents of wildfire have been reported in forest areas across Kalikot district.
The District Forest Office, Kalikot said bushfires have been reported in 56 community forests and four government forests in the district so far.
The forest areas have turned into black patches after most of the community and government forests were destroyed by fire. "We have mobilised the forest employees to control the fire. We don't know when and where the wild fires break out," Officiating Chief of the Office, Deepak Raj Sanjyal, said.
Sanjyal said that a number of employees have been mobilised to the areas where the forest fires have been reported. They are in the process of collecting data about the damages caused by the fire.
According to him, preliminary information shows that forest fires have damaged nearly 200 hectares of forest.
There are 220 community forests in Kalikot district. It is said that bushfires are taking place due to the negligence of the consumers.
Kalikot district has reported high levels of air pollution as a result of the smoke coming from the forest fires. District Public Health Office, Kalikot has urged people to take necessary precautions like wearing masks and avoiding coming out of the house unless it is absolutely necessary.