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Forest fires


Cigarette butts caused 4,187 fires in Telangana in 2020, prompted 19,470 alerts to forest dept

April 14, 2021 5:59 pm

Unextinguished cigarettes and beedis, and deliberate setting of fires by honey collectors and beedi leaf cultivators have damaged thousands of hectares of forests.

540 fire incidents in 4 years: Haryana forest dept fears rise in forest fires this year

April 10, 2021 9:40 pm

The field surveys of the damaged areas suggest acute warm weather, human negligence, deliberate fire aiming at fresh growth of grass etc. are the common reasons behind these incidents.

Pandemic likely made 2020 'another devastating year' for world's forests

February 26, 2021 9:15 am

The tracking platform, which uses satellite imagery and is run by the U.S.-based think-tank World Resources Institute (WRI), is due to release its deforestation numbers for 2020 -when the COVID-19 pandemic struck - in the next three months.

Pune forest and hill fires: All-agency coordination meeting, night patrols on cards

February 12, 2021 1:52 am

Retired forest officer Prabhakar Kukdolkar said, “Most of the forest and hill fires in our area are the results of human error, negligence or deliberate act. Hilly area around Pune report fires almost every year causing great loss of biodiversity".

Explained: Why forest fires are common in Himachal Pradesh

January 15, 2021 2:21 pm

Except for periods of precipitation in monsoon and winter, the forests remain vulnerable to wildfires. They cause an estimated loss of several crore rupees each year.

Uttarakhand: Uptick in untimely forest fires, fewer blazes during regular season

December 06, 2020 6:11 am

As per Forest Department records, there were 185 wildfires from October 1 to December 1, affecting 245 hectares of forests. State forest officials called these incidents untimely.

Amazon Fires Cause Brazil’s CO2 Emissions to Jump Amid Pandemic

November 07, 2020 12:55 pm

Brazil has faced global outrage in the past two years as a growing number of fires destroyed swaths of the Amazon rainforest and the Pantanal wetlands.

India saw largest area-wise forest fires in South Asia from 2003-17, finds ISRO study

March 09, 2020 12:11 am

The study found that most fires in India were surface fires emerging during hot and dry weather conditions in March and April, and the most common cause of fires in South Asia was deforestation surface fires burn down small vegetation, debris and spread rapidly, destroying the forest floor.

Amazon fires fall sharply in September, spread elsewhere

October 02, 2019 3:54 pm

Fires in the Amazon went down 35.5 per cent in September compared to August, with 19,925 fires, according to data published Tuesday by the National Institute for Space Research.

NASA's satellite images show forest fires in Africa more intense than Amazon

August 28, 2019 9:58 am

The images released by NASA's Fire Information for Resource Management System (FIRMS) show that the region of central Africa got more fires than that in Amazon.