35 percent increase in fire incidents this winter; experts attribute it to dry spell

KL News Network

Srinagar

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The prolonged dry spell this year in Kashmir has led to an increase of 35 % in the incidents of fire, reports said.

Quoting officials the reports said that on a daily basis 22-23 fire incidents are reported across Kashmir division.

Fire incidents in the Valley usually see a spike in winters, mainly due to electric short circuits, charcoal making, and negligence in handling traditional fire and heating gadgets, but this season has witnessed a marked rise in such incidents.

“Last year, we were tackling about 15 fire incidents daily on an average, but this time the average is around 22. Some days have reported more than thirty-five fire incidents,” Officials in Fire and Emergency department said.

The firemen and have attributed the increase in the number of fire incidents to the prevalent dry spell.

“This dry spell has created a situation where fire spreads faster, mostly in forest areas where fallen and dry material from trees makes the ground highly inflammable. Timely rains and snow could have limited the loss significantly.”

The officials said that this year, due to scanty rainfall, fire incidents around water bodies, too, have been high, with reeds and other grasses growing around lakes and marsh catching fire.

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