Baramulla: A massive fire broke out in Bijhama forest of Uri in north Kashmir’s Baramulla district causing damage to a huge chunk of forest cover and wildlife habitat.
Reports said as soon as fire broke out, the forest department officials rushed to the affected areas and doused the flames. “About dozens of trees were damaged.”
Divisional forest officer, Irfan Ali, said fire was brought under control as his department received the information.
“The temperature is rising and grass is dry. This is one of the major causes of the fire outbreak. I am personally monitoring the situation along with my team,” Ali said.
According to a local, apart from green cover, the wildlife sanctuary at Bijhama is home to both rare and endangered species. “The wildlife in the area will get destructed if such fire incidents continue,” he said.