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Forest Fire: A burning issue

Feb 28, 2014
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Thousands of acres of forests are lost to fire every year. In the last five years, more than 55,000 acres of forest were destroyed by fire.  In 2011-12, about 39 forest fire cases where reported, while in 2012-13 about 34 cases were reported.

Forest Fire Management Section under the Department of Forests and Park Services (DoFPS) says while it has been difficult to ascertain the causes of forest fire, the common causes include debris burning, electric short circuit, rolling stones, and children playing with fire.

A question everyone is asking is- are we fighting forest fires the right way?  To discuss more on the issue, we had Tandin Dorji, Head of Forest Fire Management Section and Pema Wangyel, Chief Programme Officer, Disaster Management in the studio yesterday.



1 Comment for “Forest Fire: A burning issue”

  1. Sonam

    National wealth is our wealth. Constitution mandates 60% of forest cover for all time to come. Forest is still virgin in our country and tourist come to enjoy the nature. But the department doesn’t have even a basic forest fighting kits….what budgeting do you all do actually. forest grow on its own and the people involved and paid to monitor is lacking budget to buy the tools…so sad….please pull up your socks DoFPS…..

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