Coimbatore

Fire line planned as precautionary measure

Considering the recent impact of forest fire in the foothills of Yercaud, the Forest Department has created a fire line for 135 km at all ranges as a precautionary measure.

District Forest Officer A. Periasamy said, “we have developed fire line of 135 km, 15 km in each of the nine ranges. Bushes have been removed for 10 to 20 ft for 15 km in each range to develop the fire line. This would help us control the spread of the blaze due to wind.”

Bamboo removed

“We have also removed 50,000 metric tonnes of flowered bamboo from all nine ranges including Yercaud, Shervarayan North, Shervarayan South and Danishpet forest ranges as a preventive measure against forest fire, he added.

Mr. Periasamy said that they have also sent a proposal to government to remove another 10,000 metric tonnes of flowered bamboo as a precautionary measure.

Ponds

The department has also initiated various initiatives to distribute water to wildlife during the summer season. “We have developed three ponds - behind Kurumbapatti Zoological Park, behind Tanmag and another in Kalrayan forest range. All the three ponds would have a capacity of over 1 lakh litres. These would be filled as and when required,” said a senior official.

Mr. Periasamy said that the Forest Department has also revived a few natural water sites at Attur range and water would be distributed through small tanks at all the ranges.

“The exercise would continue until summer rain begins,” he added.

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