Gangtok, January 4, 2013
A forest fire was reported in a private land at Ranka, near Khangchendzonga Tourist Complex on January 2 evening.
The local villagers had spotted the fire. “The fire was brought under control by the fire personnel with help from local residents, Deputy Chief Fire Officer, Prakash Rai said.
He said forest fire would be quite evident due to the dry spell and people needs to be alert.
“Most of the time people throw cigarettes in dry areas which lead in the forest fire, and this should be avoided, he added.