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Forest fire in Mt. Japfu, India

Wednesday, 05 February 2014

Type of Event:
Forest fire
Location of Event:
Mount Japfu, India
Date of Charter Activation:
05 February 2014
Charter Requestor:
NRSC / ISRO
Project Management:
Forestry and Ecology Group National Remote Sensing Centre

Description of the event

A forest fire broke out on the peak of Mount Japfu in India's Kohima District on 31 January 2014. It is estimated that almost seven kilometres of the peak have been affected so far and the fire has been described as one of the country's worst in recent history.

Mount Japfu is located in the state of Nagaland in the north-east of India and is home to a great deal of flora. The Dzouku Valley, part of the mountain range, is well known for this, and has been dubbed the 'Valley of Flowers'.

Several hundred firefighters and volunteers have been working to stop the fires since last week, and the Indian Air Force deployed helicopters to help on 03 February. The helicopters sprayed water over the fires in areas which could not be reached by land. The worst of the fires were doused but some fires have continued and there are concerns that the fires may move toward Dzouku Valley.