Eleven forest fires during past 10 days
Eleven forest fires had erupted during the past 10 days destroying
thousands of acres of forest cover, Disaster Management Centre Deputy
Director of Media Sarath Lal Kumara told the Daily News yesterday.
He said forest areas including the forest reserves have become highly
vulnerable to forest fires due to the adverse dry weather in these
He said destructive activities of the people was the reason behind
forest fires. Kumara said a minor fire spreads fast over a large area
due to the extreme dry weather, adding that the DMC had to make effort
to control these fires from spreading and to extinguish during last
week. He said the assistance of Police, Air Force and Local Government
Authorities had to be sought to extinguish these forest fires.
These 11 forest fires during the past 10 days had erupted in Badulla,
Matale, Nuwara Eliya, Moneragala and Kandy districts.
The 11th forest fire which broke out on Wednesday night in Passara,
Badulla destroyed over 500 acres. The DMC in coordination with other
stakeholders helped control the fires. He requested the public to
support DMC efforts to protect the forests which is a national asset of
He urged the people not to set fire to forests.
Kumara said forests nurture water retention areas and have a drastic
impact on animals.
"Forest fires intensify the dry conditions in these forests," Kumara