Now, documentary on Nagarhole fire havoc

The department is unwilling to assess the number of animals burnt alive due to the fire

Published: 03rd March 2012 03:22 AM  |   Last Updated: 16th May 2012 06:27 PM   |  A+A-

MYSORE: The Forest Department will release a documentary on the Nagarahole Tiger Reserve forest fire incident, where precious flora and fauna were ravaged, allegedly due to arson.

It was reported as the most unprecedented forest fire in the last 35 years. Owing to lack of data, the department is unwilling to assess the number of animals burnt alive due to the fire.

 Videographed images of the devastated forest and satellite captured images will be used in the documentary, in addition to the footage capturing dry bamboo bushes engulfed in fire.

The efforts of forest personnel in dousing the flames with the help of tribals will also be filmed.

The documentary will show the sincere efforts made to control the fire that spread across the core area of Nagarahole Tiger Reserve comprising bamboo bushes and trees.

Forest Minister C P Yogeshwar after witnessing the sorry state of the forest during his recent visit, asked the authorities to present a documentary on  the fire-affected area as it would help in framing a plan to prevent such mishaps in the future and protect wildlife.

“If further fire spreads, we cannot control it because the flames rise up to 100 ft along with the dry bamboo bushes and tall trees like Matthi. The speed of the fire is unimaginable,” a forest official said.

He added that every one was praying to the rain god to save the biodiversity of the tiger reserve and that rains are expected before the

Ugadi festival.

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