Dehradun: The Uttarakhand state administration has deployed three companies of National Disaster Response Force (NDRF), which will comprise of 150 personnel to fight raging forest fires across the state.
A raging wildfire which is burning since a week has engulfed thousands of hectares of forest, destroying wild life. Around 1600 hectares of forest have been reportedly gutted and also residents of around 1500 villages in the neighbouring areas were affected.
Worst affected districts are Pauri Garhwal, Nainital, Pithoragarh, Bageshwar and Chamoli.
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Earlier, state governor KK Paul ordered deployment of additional staff and allocation of more funds to control blazes.
Meanwhile, former chief minister Harish Rawat has asked the governor to declare Uttarakhand as fire-disaster stricken state and involve locals in fire extinguishing efforts.
Pradesh Congress President Kishore Upadhyay also wrote to party workers, asking them unite to save the state's precious forest wealth.
The heat wave across northern India is reportedly the cause of the rampant fire.