23 April, 2021
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The most common hazard in forests is a forest fire. Forest fires are as old as the forests themselves. They pose a threat not only to the forest wealth but also to the entire regime to fauna and flora seriously disturbing the bio-diversity and the ecology and environment of a region. During summer, when there is no rain for months, the forests become littered with dry senescent leaves and twinges, which could burst into flames ignited by the slightest spark. The Himalayan forests, particularly, Garhwal Himalayas have been burning regularly during the last few summers, with colossal loss of vegetation cover of that region.
Causes of Forest Fire
Forest fires are caused by Natural causes as well as Man made causes
Classification of Forest Fire
A forest fire can broadly be classified into three categories;
Types of Forest Fire
The types of forest fire are as follows,
Preparedness and Mitigation Measures
The followings are the important precautions against fire:
The Indian Air Force recently deployed two Mi-17V5 helicopters equipped with Bambi Bucket to control the forest fires. The forest fires have been raging in the hills of south Mizoram. The Lunglei and Aizwal of Mizoram where the forest fires are currently raging is the most fire-prone zone in
Most Fire Prone Zones
India according to the Forest Fire Disaster Management report, 2014. So far, Lunglei has recorded 13,453 forest fires between 2003 and 2016.
Forest Fires in Mizoram
The fire season in the state is between February and May. The maximum incidents of fires reported in the months of April and May
• Slash and burn or shifting cultivation, burning farm residues, collection of non-timber forest produces and clearance of land for other purposes. In 2021, so far, the VIIRS (Visible Infrared Imaging Radiometer Suite) has reported 1,604 fire alerts.
Forest Fire Disaster Management Report, 2014
Strengthening Forest Fire Management in India Report
Forest Survey of India, 2019
The Survey divided the forest fire prone into the following zones:
Source: Mizoram forest fires
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