Belthangady: 4,800 hectares of forest lost as fire rages through Shishila and Shibaje

Team Udayavani, Mar 10, 2023, 8:50 AM IST

The massive forest fire has already burned around 4,800 hectares of forest in the Shishila and Shibaje enclaves of Belthangady, Karnataka.

A local team of 50 people, including the Uppinangady forest department team, has been working tirelessly to extinguish the fire for a week. However, it has not yet been fully extinguished, and firefighters continue to work to bring it under control.

The fire was first noticed in the Miyaru reserve forest area of Shishila and Shibaje, and later reached the Balur area of Chikkamagaluru due to winds and extreme heat.

The fire has caused extensive damage to the forests, including Amedikallu, Singani Gudde, and Udaya Parvata of the Shishila range. Thick smoke has covered the forest near Peradelu of Hatyadka village even on Thursday, and there have been reports of trees falling and drying up, which are causing the fire to spread further.

Eyewitnesses have also reported a large-scale fire in the Malla area of Didupe in Belthangadi taluk. There have been cases of fire in Patla, Kataje, and the Charmadi-Kanapadi reserve forest of Neriya village. Additionally, there have been reports of fires in Banjaru Male and some other places in Neriya’s environment.

There are rumors that the forest fire was started deliberately to drive elephants away from the cultivated fields. However, there is no concrete evidence to support this claim.

Locals have come together to help put out the fire, and the fire engulfing the mobile tower near Perla was reportedly extinguished with the cooperation of the people.

Udayavani is now on Telegram. Click here to join our channel and stay updated with the latest news.

Top News

CWC 2023: England SWOT – Buttler’s men have Stokes’ fire but tackling spin remains a challenge

Kumaraswamy hits out at CM Siddaramaiah for questioning secular credentials of JD(S)

Asian Games: Bopanna-Bhosale pair wins mixed doubles gold in Tennis

We will conduct caste-based census to know exact number of OBCs in country if voted to power: Rahul Gandhi

Will be back next year to review success of Aspirational Blocks Programme, says PM Modi

BJP’s ‘fake nationalism’ visible yet again: Kharge on new disability pension rules for armed forces

Fearless Preeti wins Olympic quota, assures India of an Asian Games medal; Lovlina in semis

Related Articles More

Puttur: Local youth meets watery grave at Kerala’s Kadambery

Muniyal Ayurveda’s Buddhaayurved App launched

Kumaraswamy hits out at CM Siddaramaiah for questioning secular credentials of JD(S)

Vitla: Local youths rescue 55-yo bike accident victim from rivulet

Udupi: Belle PDO dismissed from service over financial irregularities


8th Continent found

Kudukulli Mahalingeshwara Temple

Shivanna apologized to actor Siddharth on behalf of the Kannada film industry

Unbelievable Rescue: From Stray Kitten to Black Panther Companion

Diving into the mesmerizing world of the Aquatics Gallery

Latest Additions

PM Modi has become ‘global hero of ground zero’: BJP’s Mukhtar Abbas Naqvi

Cong accuses ruling CPI(M) of giving “political protection” to JD(S) in Kerala

Tamil actor Vishal thanks I&B Ministry for ordering inquiry after CBFC corruption allegations

Bihar youth held for posting objectionable remarks against PM Modi and Hindu deities

Self-radicalised youth from Delhi charge-sheeted in Kozhikode train arson case in Kerala

Thanks for visiting Udayavani

You seem to have an Ad Blocker on.
To continue reading, please turn it off or whitelist Udayavani.