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Business News/ News / India/  Odisha forest fires: Seven ODRAF teams deployed to douse wildfire
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Odisha forest fires: Seven ODRAF teams deployed to douse wildfire

The Naveen Patnaik government in Odisha on Monday deployed seven teams of Odisha Disaster Rapid Action Force (ODRAF) in vulnerable forests to combat wildfire.

Odisha forest fires: ODRAF teams have been deployed in Baliguda, Phulbani, Rayagada, Bonai, Kalahandi South, Similipal South, Paralakhemundi forest divisions to douse forest fire (Arun Jasrotia)Premium
Odisha forest fires: ODRAF teams have been deployed in Baliguda, Phulbani, Rayagada, Bonai, Kalahandi South, Similipal South, Paralakhemundi forest divisions to douse forest fire (Arun Jasrotia)

The Naveen Patnaik government in Odisha on Monday deployed seven teams of Odisha Disaster Rapid Action Force (ODRAF) in vulnerable forests to combat wildfire.

The Office of Special Relief Commissioner said on the request of the principal chief conservator of forests, the department has deployed seven ODRAF teams in Baliguda, Phulbani, Rayagada, Bonai, Kalahandi South, Similipal South, Paralakhemundi forest divisions to douse forest fire.

“Wildfire incidents are now under control and all measures have been taken," PTI quoted Principal Chief Conservator of Forests Debidutta Biswal as saying.

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It is important to note that the incidents of forest fires are usually reported in January each year.

Principal Chief Conservator of Forests said in 2024, forest fires were detected at 12,000 points in the forest area of the state as compared to 32,500 during the same period of last year.

This year, all forest fire alerts have been responded to, he added.

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"To stop the spread of fire in forest areas, seven ODRAF teams have been deployed in vulnerable points. They will reach the spot by Tuesday," he said.

Office of Special Relief Commissioner (SRC), Odisha has written a letter to additional DGP (law & order) in this regard on Monday.

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In its letter, the SRC office asked ODRAF teams to carry the required equipment to manage forest fires along with PPE kits.

Principal Chief Conservator of Forests said 370 squads have been deployed by the forest department to douse the fire in the state.

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Published: 22 Apr 2024, 10:54 PM IST
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