Fresh fires erupt in various forests of Swat – Pakistan

New fires broke out in the mountains and forests of Swat on Monday as authorities claim they have extinguished more than 70 fires at various locations in the area since June 1.

According to local officials, work was underway to extinguish fresh fires in the hills of Babuzai, Barikot, Charbagh, Khwazakhela and Kabal tehsils.

On the other hand, the Margujar wildfire, a popular tourist destination in Swat, has not been put out for the third day as it has spread to the Barikottesil producing areas such as Manyar and Gahalegei.

Local teams are fighting a fire in the hilly area of ​​Swat. — Photo by author

Firefighters say that firefighting operations are underway in areas where new fires have occurred in Mount Marguzar and elsewhere.

The team was sent to the hills of Shamelai Sangota and Muhammad Baig in Babuzai tehsil. Shalhand of Kabal tehsil; Amlookdara, Ghalegey and Manyar of Barikot tehsil; vomit of Charbagh tehsil; Chinkolai from Khwazakhela tehsil.

A spokesperson for Rescue 1122 in Swat said a total of 74 forest and fire operations had been carried out since June 1, 2022. He added that so far at least 70 fires have been extinguished and extinguished. rest of the area.

Smoke from the mountains after a new fire in the Swat area. — Photo by author

Residents of the village of Amlokdara said the fire is spreading to the current residential area, with almost all vegetation on the hill turned to ashes.

Meanwhile, workers and leaders of the Pakhtunkhwa Milli Awami party protested calling for an immediate investigation into the fire incident.

They called for the registration of terrorism, arguing that “the people who set the fire on Mount Swat should be exposed and arrested.”

Forest Service, 1122 rescue workers, Swat Levies, local police, civil defense volunteers, civil society members, and community members are involved in firefighting operations.

Hundreds of wildfires have damaged forests spanning thousands of acres in KP in two weeks. Meanwhile, for over a week, nine people have been killed in wildfires.

Last week, Prime Minister Shebaz Sharif ordered the National Disaster Management Authority to send helicopters to Swat to help put out the wildfires.