Massive fire breaks out at Perumalmali reserve forest area in TN

Dindigul, March 11 : A massive fire broke out at Perumalmalai reserve forest area in Kodaikanal hills in Dindigul district of Tamil Nadu. Official sources said here on Friday that the flames engulfed a steep slope of forests spread in several acres of the forest range between Perumalmalai peak and Upper Kodaikkanal hills. The fire broke out on Thursday evening and it quickly spread to slopes and moved towards the tip of the Perumalmalai hill at a dangerous speed. Strong wind and dry plants have fuelled the fire in all directions and spread rapidly to several kilometers in the reserve forest. Teams of Forest and police personnel rushed to the spot and were engaged in dousing the fire. Initial efforts to douse the fire went in vain, as billowing smoke camouflaged the sky and cinders floated in the air, making the dousing operation tough. It is difficult to contain the fire as strong wind spreads fast and there was no access to the raging forest area, the sources added. Rare species of trees, plants, vines, as well wild animals like Indian gaur, wild boar, Sambar, leopard, reptiles and other wild animals were at risk of extinction due to the inferno. Besides, large-scale wildfires have caused air pollution in the area. GSM CS1540

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