About 100 acres of land has been destroyed

A major forest fire was reported in the Nagarahole Tiger Reserve on Thursday and “preliminary estimates” by the Forest Department suggest that about 100 acres have been destroyed.

The fire was noticed around noon near the forest check-post in Anechowkur Forest Range on Gonikoppa-Thithimathi Road. By the time the field staff arrived, the inferno had spread and engulfed the dry vegetation, primarily bamboo shoots.

R. Gokul, Conservator of Forests, and Director, Nagarahole Tiger Reserve, told The Hindu that the fire was under control and over 100 field staff had been rushed to the spot. He said the area was covered by dense bamboo vegetation which had dried up. “We suspect some mischievous elements could have torched the dry bamboo shoots,” Mr. Gokul said.