SURKHET: Over two dozen community forests in Surkhet district have been destroyed by wildfires that have been raging with increasing summer heat.
These many forests at Ghoreta, Agrigaon, Bajedi Chaur, Dandakhali, Kaprichaur, Rakam and neighbouring villages in the east of the district have been ravaged by fire.
Similarly, more than a dozen community forests in Gadhi, Uttar Ganga, Latikoili, Babiyachaur, Satakhani, Taranga and Gutu, among other Village Development Committees (VDCs) bordering with Surkhet Municipality have been destroyed by fire.
Valuable herbs and medicinal plants and the Sal, Sisau and Khayar trees as well as vast flora and fauna have been ruined by these wildfires. The pine resin collected by different companies in these community forests has also been destroyed by fire, causing hundreds of thousands of rupees of loss to them.
The fires are still raging and gradually spreading towards settlements despite efforts by locals to extinguish these, said a local from Gadhi VDC.