Mangaluru: Forest dept personnel lack fire extinguishing equipment

Daijiworld Media Network – Mangaluru (MS)

Mangaluru, Mar 8: A raging forest fire destroyed Sakleshpur area a few weeks ago. However, it was observed, the forest guards do not have proper equipment to extinguish forest fires. Most of the times they use tender branches with leaves to put off the fire.

Karnataka has 38500 sq km of forest area. The dense forests of Western Ghats are prone to get forest fires. The task of extinguishing forest fires is a daunting one.

Equipment like kit, fire proof jacket, backpack, sprayers, blowers, fire beaters, helmet, goggles, eye washers boots, filter masks, gloves, five litre water cans are required for the forest guards involved in forest fire extinguishing work. However, they say that these are in short supply.

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Last month, forest guard Sundaresh, who went to extinguish forest fire near Kadumane Estate of Sakleshpur died. Two other personnel were seriously injured.

Shortage of staff also is bothering the forest department in containing forest fires. More than 720 forest guard positions and 400 forest viewer positions are still vacant.

In Sola Forests like Western Ghats the forest fire spreads fast. Moreover, the path involves valleys, hills etc. So precious time is lost in reaching the area of fire. According to secretary of national environmentalists’ federation, Shashidhar Shetty, army helicopters are the best to put off forest fires faster.

Environmentalists are of the opinion that the forest department should make use of ultra-modern drones and survey Western Ghats from January to May once a week to study the cause of forest fires.





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  • Suresh, Mangalore/Kuwait

    Thu, Mar 09 2023

    Finally take the help of Army personnel !

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  • Rudolf Rodrigues, Mumbai

    Thu, Mar 09 2023

    In the US, goats are being successfully used to combat forest fire: "More than a dozen states, including Nevada, Oregon and New Mexico regularly use goats for fire management, but they've also become a popular method around the country to remove invasive plant species." Why can't our country try this natural method? I think forest department is sleeping 😴!!

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  • J.F.D Souza, Attavar, Mangalore

    Thu, Mar 09 2023

    The facts are true. Govt. deputes many forest Officers to foreign countries for training and to study the modern technologies which are to be adopted here. But Govt. utterly fails to adopt them and the result is we are losing Forest wealth continuously. Why cant our Govt. allot required funds for this important work to provide modern amenities to the staff to estinguish fire and to save their life and forest wealth also. Spending extravagantly on unimportant works wont serve any purpose.

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  • Alphy, Mumbai

    Thu, Mar 09 2023

    Any surprises they don't have enough equipment in 40% BJ government?

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