Uttarakhand has witnessed 30% uptick in forest fires this April compared to the corresponding month last year.
The area affected due to these fires is 4976.63 hectares of this 4006.91 hectares natural area and 927.72 hectares of plantations.
A team of Chandaka forest division along with CRPF and fire service personnel brought the raging fire under control in the Chandaka beat near Jhumka dam on Saturday noon.
Thousands of customers in the area remain without power, and Ruidoso schools have been closed until next week.
According to the meteorological department, apart from a few days in April first week, places like Kundah received 10mm, Avlanchi 25mm, Emerald 28mm, Coonoor 12mm, Burliar 12mm on April 9.
The fire has engulfed an area of 10 sq km but fortunately, tigers in the park are said to be safe though a large amount of the forest has been badly burnt.
At present, damages for compensation are calculated according to per hectare forests, plants destroyed in the forest fires.
The Centre had also conveyed the approval for sanction and net release of Rs 238.90 lakh as first instalment.
The department also has a fire alert system where the Forest Survey of India (FSI) sends an SMS when there's a fire, Gidijala said.
He said that the tiger population is on the rise due to the considerable conservation efforts, however, it needs adequate movement corridors.
The state has lost a massive 24,139 hectares of forest area in last 12 years in 13,574 blazes. Forest fires in the hills usually start around mid-February and rage on till monsoon arrives.
Forest department officials in Pathanamthitta have pulled up their socks to prevent incidents of forest fire, which normally begins in January.
Mayurbhanj Collector Vineet Bhardwaj asked all departments to get involved and ensure that the vulnerable months from January to May go incident free.
Not keen on using any new technologies and methods this year, the Karnataka Forest Department has begun forest fire management drills and exercises on the ground.
Around 750 firefighters and water-droppping aircraft were battling the blaze in difficult conditions, with high temperatures and strong winds.