12 acres of Kappatagudda forest destroyed in fire

12 acres of Kappatagudda  forest destroyed in fire

 The fire that broke out in the Kappatagudda foothills between Bidnal and Virapapur Lambani tandas on Friday night, has been completely doused.

Fire and Emergency Services personnel, police, Forest department staff and residents of Lambani tandas, joined hands in the operation that lasted for one-and-a-half hours and brought the situation under control. Patrolling in the hills has been increased and the forest guards have been instructed to keep a vigil in the area.

Speaking to DH, Deputy Conservator of Forests Yashpal Ksheersagar, said that the Forest department staff spotted three persons arriving on a bike and setting dried grass blades afire. The patrolling staff could not identify the miscreants since it was dusk. A complaint has been lodged with the police. “At least 12 acres of forest area has been charred. Rare medicinal plants have been destroyed and possibilities of wild animals being killed, cannot be ruled out. A survey of the damages will be conducted.”

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