Thursday, March 31, 2016

Fire breaks out in revenue area near forest in Amreli

Rajkot: A major forest fire broke out in Junasavar village in Liliya taluka of Amreli on Friday evening.

Though the fire was in the forest on revenue land of the village that adjoins the Gir forest area, it spreading towards the forest region at a great speed.

According to forest officials, the fire had spread to Kankraj village about 15km from Junasavar on Saturday. They said that there were no reports of animal deaths due to the fire. Kankraj village is adjacent to Nadiyera which is part of the forest land. Fire fighters from Amreli and Liliya town have been pushed into service by the forest officials to control the fire that has spread to about 15km from its origin. Many ganda bavals and shrubs were gutted in fire.

District forest officer Mohan Ram said that the fire was under control in many parts of the area, however, work was not over yet. "Till now, we have no reports of animal or human casualties in the accident," Ram added. The region affected by fire is home to over 25 lions, said forest officials, but added that all lions were safe as they had spotted them at a safe location.

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