Around 750 firefighters and water-droppping aircraft were battling the blaze in difficult conditions, with high temperatures and strong winds.
The data provided by the Ministry showed that the number of forest fire alerts sent by FSI had increased from 12,927 in 2017 to 18,237 in 2021.
MoS Environment Ashwini Choubey said 3,45,989 forest-fire alerts were sent by the Forest Survey of India using SNPP-VIIRS sensors.
Scientists say human-caused climate change and decades of fire suppression that increases fuel loads have aggravated fire conditions across the region.
Search crews on Sunday discovered the bodies of four people who are believed to be Egyptian laborers outside the village of Orou on the southern edge of Cyprus’ main Troodos mountain range.
The blaze, which began on Saturday afternoon, forced the evacuation of at least eight mountain villages, destroyed several homes, and has so far scorched 50 sqkms.
Karnataka forest department is not just using technology to detect and control forest fires, they are also using it to check modification in land use.
Officials said the fire spread fast, threatening the standing wheat crops but timely intervention by the Army averted a major tragedy.
Official sources said the fire, which broke out in Lunglei distrct of the state on Saturday, was spreading fast due to wind and temperature.
The statement also said a case has been registered against unidentified persons in connection with the incident and an investigation was underway.
Dushyant Mainali, a practising advocate in the HC, said he informed the court about the situation along with laxaties of authorities and the government.
Incidents of forest fires in Kappatagudda are on the rise after the hillock was declared a wildlife sanctuary a few years ago.
Questions are being raised by activists on the methodology used by the forest department to ascertain economic loss caused by forest fires in Uttarakhand.
The fire is said to have been ignited due to the high temperature.
Amid the operation, water collected from Tehri lake was sprinkled with the help of a 5000-litre capacity bucket.