Forest fire spreads to Anekadu; 150 acres gutted

Gusty winds aid spread of fire; loss yet to be ascertained

Forest fire spreads to Anekadu; 150 acres gutted

An estimated 150 acres of forest area is suspected to have gutted in fire that erupted in Anekadu reserve forest, in the north of Kodagu district on Friday.

The fire, which was noticed in Attur forest area on Thursday, spread to Anekadu a day later, due to strong winds, destorying both green cover and widlife, especially, acquatic, the details of which are yet to emerge.

The forest personnel swung into action along with fire fighters from Madikeri and Kushalnagar, who joined them later. However, the fire spread rapidly to Heruru and Maladhare range due to gusty wind. Kallur, a lofty area, is suspected to have sufferred heavy damage with the whole of Kodagarahalli and another forest area coming under seventh Hosakote gram panchayat destroyed in the fire. The forest fire in Anekadu has spread to other side of the road. The officials from fire service were trying their best to arrest the spread of fire till late night.

Meanwhile, the water tanker of fire tender from Kushalnagar went empty, hindering the operation for a while. Though efforts were made to fill the tanker with water from the pond in the farm of Dasanda Ramesh Changappa at Seventh Hosakote, technical snag in the pumpset and defunct clutch of the fire tender hindered the operation further. The fire personnel came under flak from locals gathered at the spot.

Meanwhile, Suntikoppa town was engulfed in a blanket of smoke due to the huge forest fire. MLA M P Appachu Ranjan, DFO Sooryasen, Kushalnagar circle police inspector Kyategowda, Suntikoppa PSI Anoop Madappa among others visited the spot.

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