SOPORE: A massive fire has engulfed a vast area of forests in Kandi range of north Kashmir’s Sopore town.
The fire which broke out in compartment 23 of the Kandi forest range four days ago, has now spread to other nearby compartments of South Lolab forest Range of Kupwara, local witnesses said.
Though the employees, and workers of the Forest Department were seen trying to control the fire , the local population of the area has blamed that tthe forest department came into action only after three days till this fire had already damaged a large number of trees in the area and with the result the fire expanded to other areas.
Earlier, four days ago, the fire caused huge and extensive damage in compartment numbers 23,26 and 33 in Kandi range areas of Watlab Sopore and 35 compartment number in south Lolab forest range in Kupwara, however yssterday the fire ‘mysteriously’ engulfed compartment numbers 25,30 and 37 at Kandi range Sopore.
Meanwhile officials in forest department say that the cause of this intensive fire in forest areas is due to continue doughtiness in entire valley.
“The cause of this intensive fire in forest areas is due to continue doughtiness in entire valley’’ an official said adding that requisite number of employees of the range have been pressed into service to douse the flames since last three days and our full efforts are on to douse the fire completely in these areas.
Meanwhile locals blamed that some employees of forest department and jungle smugglers are responsible for the cause of fire in different area of these forests.