Latest fires break out in various forests of Swat

Latest fires break out in various forests of Swat

SWAT— Latest blazes broke out in the mountains and forests of Swat on Monday as authorities claim to have doused over 70 fires in different locations of the district since June 1.

According to district administration officials, an operation is underway to control the fresh fires, which broke out in the hills of Babuzai, Barikot, Charbagh, Khwazakhela and Kabal tehsils.

On the other hand, the fire in the mountains of Marghuzar — a popular tourist destination in Swat — could not be extinguished on the third day as it extended to Manyar, Gahalegey, and other mountains of Barikot tehsil.

Officials said a fire dousing operation was underway in the mountains of Marghuzar and other areas where fresh fires erupted.

A Rescue11222 spokesperson in Swat said a total of 74 forest and mountain fire operations had been conducted since June 1, 2022.

At least 70 fires were brought under control and extinguished so far while fire extinguishing and rescue operations were underway in the remaining areas, he added.

These forests were deliberately set on fire, said Forest Department report.

 

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