Four helicopters of the Indian Air Force (IAF) and 100 army personnel Thursday joined an operation to douse a fire raging in Seshachalam forests for three days, officials said.

Two Mi-17 and two C130 helicopters took off from Renigunta airport near Tirupati in the afternoon to put out the fire, which is reported to be raging about three km from the famous Balaji temple atop Tirumala Hills.

Making several sorties over the forests, the choppers tried to put out the fire by spraying water and chemicals.

Tirumala Tirupati Devasthanam (TTD), which manages the affairs of the famed temple, said the flames at Kakula Konda near Tirumala were controlled to a large extent but the fire was still raging in Papavinasanam.IANS

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