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Wildfire at Dzuko valley

The fire reportedly broke out in the Dzuko range in Nagaland on Tuesday and spread towards Manipur side on Thursday

By Indrakanta Ngangbam 

Imphal, Jan 2: To douse a massive wildfire that has been raging for the past few days in Dzuko range, which has engulfed a large area of Dzuko valley, two Indian army Helicopters with Bambi Buckets were in service and a team of NDRF (National Disaster Response Force) of Guwahati has reached Mao Police station. 

Dzuko valley, a popular trekking destination and a tourist spot, is located at the border of Nagaland and Manipur. It is known for its natural environment, seasonal flowers, and flora and fauna. It is situated at an altitude of 2452 meter above sea level. 

Manipur CM thanks Amit Shah 

Manipur chief minister N. Biren Singh thanked Union home minister Amit Shah for his quick and positive action as he tweets: “The @NDRFHQ has now deployed 60 personnel at the wildfire site at Dzuko valley. Also 2 helicopters equipped with a Bambi bucket have been deployed to fight the wildfire. Thanks to the men of action Shri. @AmitShah Ji and Shri. @DrJitendraSingh Ji for their prompt intervention.” 

NDRF personnel reach Mao 

Biren said a team of NDRF of Guwahati numbering 59 personnel, led by assistant commandant Sanjiv Kumar has reached Mao police station (in Senapati district). Accommodation is arranged at JNV, Mao. In addition, 35 personnel from SDRF and some from the state fire service are at the spot, he added. 

With the fire spreading towards Manipur’s Mount Iso, the highest peak in the state, Biren along with chief secretary Rajesh Kumar, DGP LM Khaute and Senapati deputy commissioner Th. Kirankumar conducted an aerial survey to take stock of the situation. 

Fire too large to control by manpower 

The cause of fire is yet to be ascertained, the time when the blaze started is not clear, the matter is under investigation, a forest official said. 

Biren said the officials and villagers could not enter the burning areas as the scale of fire is too large with strong winds. There is no proper equipment. It may be difficult to control by manpower.   

With the fire spreading to Manipur’s border, a team comprising villagers and forest officials were sent at the site. In addition, 200 fire-fighters had also been deployed and reached the spot, the forest official said. 

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