Forest Fire a threat to Flora and Fauna: CM

Shimla March 10, (Qnn)

Chief Minister Jai Ram Thakur said that forest fire posed a threat not only to the forest wealth but also to the entire regime including fauna and flora by disturbing the bio-diversity, ecology and environment of the region. He was addressing while flagging off three Forest Fire Awareness vehicles from Oak Over here today.

Chief Minister said that these vehicles would travel on three different routes in the State in next eight days and sensitize the community and stakeholders about the effects of the forest fires.  He urged the people to  extend all possible help to the Forest Department  in their efforts for combating the fire incidents in the state.

He said that in summers and dry months forests become vulnerable to fire due to pine needles. He said that there were unseen effects of forest fire in the form of loss of timber, loss of soil fertility, soil erosion, drying up of water sources and loss to biodiversity.