KOHIMA, JANUARY 10: With no active fire visible on the 13th day of the Dzukou Range blaze on Sunday, the operations will be scaled down to maintain constant monitoring, official sources said.
The Dzukou range, which cradles the picturesque Dzukou valley amidst the luscious greenery of Kohima district in Nagaland, caught fire on December 29, damaging a huge area of the flora and fauna.
“Today no active fire or smoke was visible from the base camp but during aerial survey a very low intensity smoke was spotted, but it is very far from the base camp therefore the operations will be scaled down from tomorrow,” said Divisional Forest Officer (DFO), Kohima, Rajkumar M.
The situation is completely under control but low scaled operations will continue even tomorrow, he said.
Till Sunday more than 200-strong contingents of NDRF, SDRF, Police and Forest personnel with Southern Angami Youth Organization volunteers were stationed at the base camp and maintaining close watch on the overall situation, he said.
But, for Monday around 80 of them are still camped to maintain constant monitoring of the situation, he said, adding that out of the 4 IAF choppers now only 2 have been kept on standby.
The extent of damage caused in the Dzukou Range due to the wildfire is yet to be ascertained, sources said.
Meanwhile, the ground operation team, led by SDO, Kohima, Daniel Angami, reported that SAYO volunteers and NDRF today set out early morning to assess and monitor the situation beyond the last ridge of the valley where the fire line cutting was carried out earlier. The team reported that no sign of active fire or fresh smoke was detected while at one location low intensity smoke with no fire, which has been visible for the past two days, continues to be visible where the IAF helicopter has been carrying out the operation today also.
It was also informed through Kohima DDMA that with no report of visible fire or fresh smoke in the past 2 days, partial de-induction of Dzükou fire ground operation team will be carried out on January 11, maintaining the required effective number of forces to be stationed at the base camp to monitor the situation and carry out necessary operation accordingly.
(Page News Service)