Rawat said that there were forty incidents of fire across the districts of Nainital, Almora, Tehri Garhwal, Chamoli, Rudraprayag, Tehri, Uttarkashi, Dehradun, Haridwar, Baheshwar and Pauri Garhwal. Working to tackle the fires are around 1,200 forest workers and 1,300 fire crew stations. Rawat said he had asked the Centre to provide two choppers to get a handle on the situation and his request was granted.
It is a matter of concern that this time, the forests are burning 4.5 times faster than they did last year. The peak time for such fires is considered till June 15. So, there is a worry about the damage this will cause in the next three months.
More than 700 species of birds and animals are found in this area. Environmentalists said that nests of sparrows have been gutted and they feared for the survival of many bird species.