Directive to control wildfires after bigger loss

KATHMANDU: The Department of Forests has issued a directive to the District Forests Offices to protect forests from wildfires.

The Department's directive comes in the wake of the growing incidents of forest fires in many places across the country with the increasing temperature in recent days resulting in the loss of human lives, cattle and wildlife.

Last year, forest fires had raged in 250,000 hectares of forest lands while this year saw forest fires devouring more than 350,000 hectares, the Department states.

Communications and Publicity Coordinator at the Department Phanindra Pokharel said letters have been dispatched to the District Forests Offices for containing fires with the increase in the incidents of wild fires.

He said the DFOs have been urged to make the prevention and control mechanisms effective with the help of the Nepal Army, Nepal Police and Armed Police Force and in coordination with the Chief District Officer.

The Department has also barred the employees of the Forests Offices from taking summer leave.

It has asked the DFOs to provide information regarding precautions to be adopted while dousing forest fires and also the technical aspects of the wild fires through local media.

This year, more incidents of forest fire have taken place in the western Tarai region as compared to the eastern region.

More incidents of forest fires have been recorded in the Chure area in Kailali, Kanchanpur, Dang, Nawalparasi, Salyan, Surkhet, Banke among other districts of the western region, the Department said.