The forest fires in Central Indian forests and the Himalayan Pine forests, have seen a drastic 55 per cent increase in the past year. This is steep rise, as even for drought year 2015, the year on year increase was 16 percent.
The number has touched 24,817 in 2016, a “really alarming” rise, from around 15,937 fires in 2015.
The three central States of Odisha, Chhattisgarh, and Madhya Pradesh contribute a third of the forest fires.
Madhya Pradesh has seen a nearly ten-fold increase, from just 294 in 2015 to more than 2,600 in 2016.Forest Fires in Uttarakhand and Himachal Pradesh in 2016
In the forest fires in 13 districts or Uttarakhand this year, about 4,000 hectares of forest land got wiped off of forests.
In Himachal and Uttarakhand, over 17,502 acres have been ravaged this year due to forest fires — a rise of over 171 per cent.