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Massive forest fire in Gulmi, nearby village settlement at high risk

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GULMI :

A massive wildfire has spread in Siddeshwar Community Forest of Musikot Municipality-5 in Gulmi district.

The fire that started at Malikachaur of Kurgha in Musikot Municipality-6 on Thursday has not come under control even till today morning. As the fire is taking a wild form, at this time, locals of Aapchaur Kharwang village are feeling threatened of the fire spreading to their settlements.

At present, a large number of people have gathered in the area to douse the fire including the Nepal Army, Nepal Police, Armed Police Force, and the locals. Locals had stayed up whole night to bring the fire under control.

A local Arjun Aryal said that it has been difficult to take the fire under control because the affected area is surrounded by khar (undried hay) and difficult slopes.

The fire has already spread to Thamdanda of Aapchaur. Aryal also informed the fire poses a huge risk of spreading to the village settlement just below the forest area.

The spreading fire is posing serious threat to over 50 houses and sheds of the nearby settlements.

Published : February 09, 2018 10:50 am