IAF Helicopters poured 1.82 thousand litre water to restrict Mt Abu wildfire
Mt Abu wildfire
Two Indian Air Force (IAF) helicopters made 73 sorties and poured over 1,82,000 liters of water today to control the wildfire in Rajasthan’s Mount Abu and prevented flames from spreading to inhabited areas.
Now Wildfire much under control and fire fighters continuously fighting for prevent flames spread to inhabited areas. Fire fighting Operation likely to continue more two days to fully douse in the whole forest area.
Yesterday morning fire broke out from famous sunset and honeymoon point in Mt Abu. District administration immediately sends one suitably modified IAF MI-17VS helicopter to incident happened Place.
Today Indian Air Force Stepped to send another one helicopter from Gujarat’s Jamnagar.
Both the helicopters conducted 73 sorties and ferried water from Nakki lake to spray over the fire ravaged areas of the Aravali hills.
Fire is Located 1722 meters above the sea level and situated amidst the lush green hills on the highest point of the Aravali range, Mount Abu is the home to lakes, waterfalls and green forests and many religious monuments.
Lt Col Manish Ojha says to reporters, Wing Commander Thiagaraman and Squadron Leader Praveen Tiwari had flown 73 sorties since morning today dropping over 1,82,000 liters over the areas in the immediate vicinity of the town.
Fires close to the Sunset Point, Anadhara, Honeymoon point, Gurushikhar ridge line and around Nakki lake were put out during the sorties today.
These two helicopters came from two different units – one from Phalodi in Jodhpur and the other from Jamnagar in Gujarat. These Helicoptors will be standing by tonight at Abu Road helipad for tomorrow missions, if called for.
SP Sirohi Sandeep Singh says ,The fire is now under much control. The flames are there at isolated areas and will be contained tomorrow.
Thousands of tourists came from within Rajasthan, the neighbouring state of Gujarat and other parts of the country visit Mount Abu during summer holidays.
Circle Officer Abu Parvat Vijay Pal Singh says, The fire was not very far from sunset point and honeymoon point yesterday so both the places were evacuated. Besides these two, there are other tourist points in Mount and they are unaffected.
Tourists have been asked to stay away from to both the places till the fire is totally under control.
Since the flames have not been fully doused, the tourists have been asked to not go to those points as a precautionary measure because it becomes difficult to evacuate the places in case of an operation.
Boating activity in Nakki lake has been restricted due to helicopters are fetching water from the lake. The lake is located in the middle of the town, nestled between the hills.
Reason of the fire is not clear but bamboo trees in the forest sometimes cause wildfire while some locals fetch honey and for they ignite fire for this process which can also lead to the fire in the forest.