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Forest fire nearly brought under control in Odisha National Park

: The forest fire that erupted in vast forest patches of Similipal National Park in Odisha was nearly brought under control.

As of now, the forest department personnel aided by villagers in fringe forest villages have managed to put out the fire in nearly 40 ha of land.

10 days

The fire, which has been raging for the last 10 days, damaged large number of plants in Chandanchati, Dukuna-Chadragudi, Kaptipada and Thakuranighat areas of Similipal.

“Fire under Baripada, Rairangpur and Karanjia divisions is reported to be under control. We have largely been able to douse the fire.” said Ajit Kumar Satpathy, Deputy Director of Similipal National Park.

The Forest department said the fire did not affect the core area.

Spread over 2,750 square kilometres, the Similipal National Park has above 1,000 species of plants and 100 species of orchids.

The park is famous for its dense Sal trees as well as vast meadows.

Based on satellite data, Forest Survey of India has detected 184 forest fires across Odisha since January this year.

Of 184 fire spots in forests, 35 are found in Mayurbhanj district where Similipal National Park is situated. Over the next two to three months, the number of forest fires would go up sharply.

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