Uttarakhand Forest Fire Escalated to Alarming Proportions
Choppers out to douse Uttarakhand forest fires return due to poor visibility
In thick smoke from scattered forest fires, Uttarakhand hopes for early rains
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Forest Fire Engulfs Uttarakhand, Hectares Of Land Gutted
In 2016, forest fires have been noted in numerous places across the Indian state of Uttarakhand. These fires, set mainly in pine forests in the slopes of the sub-Himalayan region, produced clouds of smoke. Widespread comments in the Indian news media led to the government taking action, deploying the National Disaster Response Force and making use of Indian Air Force Mi-17 helicopters fitted with "Bambi buckets" to douse the fires with water. The forest department estimated that 3,500 hectares of forest had been burnt. Nearly 1,600 incidents of fires were detected which were brought under control by 2 May. The rains on 3 May helped to reduce the impact of the fires.