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WATCH: Forest fires flare up in Uttarakhand as temperatures soar

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Dehradun, Apr 19: Forest fire that flared up in Uttarakhand on Tuesday as temperatures soared has reached boys hostel of Veer Chandra Singh Garhwali Government Institute Of Medical Science and Research in Srinagar.

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According to the forest department, around 198.9 hectares of forest land gutted in 117 fresh incidents of wildfires over the last 12 hours.

Around 117 fresh forest fire incidents were reported with Garhwal region accounting for 32 of them, Kumaon region 75 and wildlife areas 10.

While, 198.9 hectares of forest land has been destroyed in these fires causing an economic damage of Rs 5.28 lakh, the department said. On Monday, 27 forest fire incidents were reported in Uttarakhand.

Chief Conservator of Forest, forest fire and disaster management, Nishant Verma, said the fire season which began this year on February 15 has affected 1020.29 hectares of forest land which also includes 724.93 hectares of reserved forest area.

However, fortunately there have been no human casualties in the forest blazes this year, he said.

Chief Minister Pushkar Singh Dhami has asked officials to control the situation by involving local people.

It is hot not just in Dehradun and adjoining areas but also in the hills. Dehrdaun on Tuesday recorded a maximum of 40 degree celsius.

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