Gangtok, Feb 13: A major forest fire broke out at the Tinjurey Ridge in Fambanglho Wildlife Sanctuary,last week. Several Indian Air Force helicopters were pressed into service to douse the fire.
IAF choppers air dropped water over the forest as the ridge is inaccessible. Here are some pictures of the IAF dousing the fire:
IAF choppers carry out ops to douse fire
Indian Air Force (IAF) helicopters were pressed into service at the request of the Sikkim government.
Fire breaks out in Tinjurey Ridge in Fambanglho Wildlife Sanctuary
The fire broke out at Tinjurey Ridge in Fambanglho Wildlife Sanctuary, about 10 km from Gangtok.
IAF carried out the Bambi Bucket operation to douse the fire
IAF Mi17V5 carry out Bambi Bucket operations to douse forest fire in Gangtok, Sikkim
The fire broke out last week
About 18 sorties were carried out by the IAF helicopters to douse the fire
People were asked to avoid forest areas
The Forest department asked people in general and villagers residing close to forest areas all over the State to avoid going into forest areas.
All images taken from @IAF_MCC.