In Rajasthan, operations continued throughout the day to douse the fire, spreading over a large area of Sariska Tiger Reserve in Alwar District. Two Mi 17 V5 helicopters of the Indian Air Force Have been engaged in this fire fighting operation since yesterday.
Acting District Collector of Alwar district, Sunita Pankaj told that the Air Force’s help has yielded positive results and the fire in more than 80 percent of the area has been brought under control. However the operation is still going on.
The fire broke out on Sunday in the dense forests of Akbarpur range of Sariska Tiger Reserve, it took a formidable form on Monday. Two helicopters of the Air Force started operation yesterday morning.
According to the district administration, the fire had spread to the forests of an area of about 10 square kilometers on the hilltops. It is a matter of relief that now the fire is almost under control in most of the areas. Senior Officials of Administration and Forest Department officials are monitoring the entire operation on the spot.
Chief Wildlife Warden of the state, Arindam Tomar told that no loss of wildlife has been reported so far. The villagers living in the nearby areas have been asked to be alert and move to safer places if needed.