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Forest Fire in Charmady Ghat area raises concern

Forest Fire in Charmady Ghat area raises concern

Mangalore Today News Network

Mangaluru, Dec 17, 2017: A forest fire noticed in the Charmady Ghat area  on Saturday has caused apprehension among environmentalists. Though normally forest fires are seen during the peak of summer this time an incident of forest fire  at Barimale Somanakadu  valley in Charmady Ghat was a rude shock.

Western ghat

The fire was noticed by a team of trekkers  from Sahyadri Samrakshana Sanchaya who visited the area. The information has been passed on to Kottigehara Forest officials.

There is now apprehension that such forest fires during winter may reduce rain fall and also affect Netravathi river.

Dinesh Holla of Sahyadri Samrakshana Sanchaya says there is a rubber estate close by the place where the fire was noticed.  He points out that forest fires are a common phenomenon  here  and it was seen even  this February. He also alleges that rubber estates are  located in several acres of reserve forest area here.

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