Fire engulfs a section of Seminary Hills forest

Source: The Hitavada      Date: 21 Apr 2017 10:57:16

Staff Reporter,

Damage to biodiversity of the area dominated by bamboo clumps

A large portion of forest in prime Seminary Hills range was destroyed in a major fire on Thursday evening.
The Forest Department believed that it was a man-made disaster that took place around 6.30 pm near joggers’ track inside the forest.
The department personnel first noticed flames in a part of the forest around 7 pm.

Immediately, they called the fire department for help. Initially, the blaze was noticed in three to four patches of the range which later spread to a large portion of the forest, Vijay Gangawane, Range Forest Officer, told ‘The Hitavada’.

Gangawane added that the fire spread from Japanese Garden till Centre Point School end. It took around two hours for five fire tenders to douse the flames. Though a section of forest was gutted, no loss to wildlife was reported. Fire damaged the biodiversity of the area dominated by bamboo clumps.

When contacted by ‘The Hitavada’, G Mallikarjun, Deputy Conservator of Forest (DCF), said, some trespasser must have thrown a burning cigarette butt in the area due to which the dried leaves caught fire.

After getting information, Police rushed to the spot and blocked vehicular traffic going towards Japanese Garden and Centre Point School road to avoid untoward incident.
Municipal Commissioner Shrawan Hardikar also reached the spot and inspected the damage.