Alwar: A massive fire broke out in the forests of Rajasthan’s Sariska Tiger Reserve in Alwar district, a forest official informed on Tuesday. According to reports, the fire which erupted on Monday evening has now spread over 10 sqkm and the cause of the blaze is yet to be ascertained.
Forest officials have also said that around 150-200 people, including the forest staff, are engaged in controlling the fire. Two helicopters of the Indian Air Force (IAF) have also been called in to douse the blaze.
Tiger movement in the area has been affected by the fire and the villagers residing in the periphery of the fire-affected area have been asked to move to safety.
Meanwhile, the IAF said that at the behest of Alwar Dist admin to help control spread of fire over large areas of Sariska Tiger Reserve, IAF has deployed two Mi 17 V5 helicopters to undertake Bambi Bucket operations.