GUWAHATI: Dzukou wildfire under the 11 day-long operation by the Indian Army, Indian Air Force (IAF), National Disaster Response Force (NDRF), paramilitary forces, state authorities, along with hundreds of volunteers and locals to douse the wildfire in the Dzukou wildfire under Valley has finally been paying off as authorities believed that the fire was now under control.
However, the operation to completely douse the fire is likely to continue for another 48 hours.
Kohima Divisional Forest Officer (DFO) Rajkumar M told media that no active fire was noticed except occasional smoke arising at three-four locations.
On Saturday, security forces of spear corps joined the northern part of Dzukou Valley across Dzukou River in dousing the fire. Teams have successfully curbed the spread of fire in a large area & are creating fire lanes to prevent further spread.
The IAF choppers will continue dropping essential supplies for the ground teams at the base camp, conducting aerial surveys and undertaking Bambi Bucket operations.
The wildfire has already razed a huge area of the valley destroying the forest, seasonal flowers, flora and fauna and affecting the rich biodiversity of the valley. However, forest officials of Nagaland and Manipur said that they were yet to assess how much vegetation, flora and fauna have been destroyed till now.
Already an NDRF assistant sub-inspector (ASI) engaged in firefighting operations in the valley died on Tuesday.
The wildfire broke out in the Dzukou Valley under Kohima district in southern Nagaland on December 29 and crossed over to the northern Manipur side forcing both the state governments to request the NDRF and the army to help contain the wildfire.
The valley, located at an altitude of 2,452 metres above sea level, is a popular trekking spot and also famous for its seasonal flowers and biodiversity.