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Eye-in-the-sky tech to combat forest fires
DH News Service Chikmagalur:
The Forest Department is now adapting state-of-the-art technology to detect forest fires. With the help of satellite, the forest fires can be detected and minimise its spread.

Forest officials in Bangalore had alerted the staff in Chikmagalur about the forest fire that broke in Madhuguni and Koramballi forests of Narasimharajapura taluk.

Chikmagalur Circle Deputy Conservator of Forests C K Shivanna said after the fire was detected the officials had alerted the staff in Chikmagalur through telephone and e-mails which made it easy to contain the spread of fire in the forest.
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Due to the devastating fire that broke out in Bhadra Wildlife Sanctuary last year, preventive steps have been taken to avoid recurrence of such a destruction. Locals, growers and officials have responded favourably to the demands of the situation, he said.

Mr Shivanna said paths have been created to monitor the forest fires. Flowering of bamboos is also being monitored. Three training camps have been organised to help keep tight vigil of the forest. The spread of fire seems unlikely due to the arrival of unseasonal rains, he said.

Wireless sets are being used continuously to communicate between the officials, Mr Shivanna said. Preventive measures have been taken at the forest areas of Kalasa, Mudigere apart from Bhadra wildlife sanctuary, he said. According to the Supreme Court order, encroached areas in Sargodu and Masagali reserve forests have been demarcated. The Survey of India has prepared a map and submitted it to the government. The survey work in Sargodu forest area is complete. In Masagali, two teams from Survey of India have completed work up to 25 km.
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