Srinagar: Forest fires have engulfed large tracts in Bandipore, Kupwara, Ganderbal and Anantnag districts of Kashmir valley.
“Forest department & volunteers are working tirelessly to douse the forest fire in Bandipora, Kangan, Anantnag & other affected areas. They have succeeding in partially extinguishing it. All departments are on high alert to make sure that the situation is brought under control,” chief minister, Mehbooba Mufti tweeted.
Thousands of alpine trees have been burnt during last two days and efforts are on to control the fire.
Locals said that unusually high temperatures at this time of the year in the Valley and a dry winter have led to the devastating forest fire.