Three workers die in Almora forest fire | Indian News

Three workers die in Almora forest fire | Indian News
Three workers die in Almora forest fire | Indian News

Three persons died and another suffered serious burns in a forest fire incident in Uttarakhand’s Almora district, police said Friday.

These are the first reported deaths in forest fires in the state that have seen at least 868 such fires, affecting 1,086 hectares of area, since November last, according to state forest department data. The police and the state forest department have registered 350 FIRs and arrested 60 people so far.

Last week, an IAF helicopter, Army personnel, Prantiya Rakshak Dal volunteers and homeguard personnel were roped in to help after a massive forest fire erupted and came close to a residential colony in Nainital.

State officials said that fires in the forests of Nainital and Pauri Garhwal districts were mostly man-made.

The Almora fire has now been consumed and the forest authorities are investigating what caused it, police said.

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The three persons died as the fire was getting close to a pine resin factory in Almora. While one of them died on the spot Thursday, two others, including a woman, succumbed at a hospital on Friday.

Almora Divisional Forest Officer (DFO) Deepak Singh said the three victims are yet to be identified but “they are of Nepali origin and have been employed here for the last 3-4 years.”

Some man-made causes apart, experts have highlighted key factors, some of them natural, contributing to the emergence in forest fires in Uttarakhand.

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First uploaded on: 04-05-2024 at 00:34 IST

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