It took 50 personnel of the forest department more than six hours to douse the flame.
The forest department had last year moved a proposal to establish a mini safari in the forest and promote the area along the lines of Corbett National Park.Bishan Singh Tanwal from Kalika near Dalmothi forest range said, “We are worried that animals fleeing wildfires may invade populated areas.
The forest department said that the fire, which erupted late on Saturday night, is estimated to have engulfed up to 10 hectares of forest land but was doused on Sunday.Umesh Chandra Pandey, Dalmothi range officer, said, “Around 8 to 10 hectares could have been gutted in the fire.
It poses a danger to our lives as well as our crops which are often destroyed by bears.”Range officer Pandey said that the forest department had taken precautionary measures to keep such incidents at bay.
Nainital: In yet another incident of forest fire to be recorded in the hills, a blaze broke out in the jungles of Dalmothi - also known as Mini Corbett among local residents for its rich biodiversity - in Ranikhet, Almora.
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