Manipur: IAF choppers continue efforts to douse fire at Shirui Peak
Guwahati: The Indian Air Force (IAF) Monday deployed two helicopters equipped with Bambi Buckets to douse the fire at the Shirui Kashung Peak in Manipur’s Ukhrul district, as the forest fire continued for the fifth day.
The major fire incident comes months after a massive forest fire that had broken out at the Dzukou Valley, situated at the border of Manipur and Nagaland in the Senapati district.
The fire broke out on March 25 at Chihuira, the base of the third and highest peak where the maximum number of the exotic Shirui Lily blooms.
Since then, locals along with police, security personnel, and volunteers have been on war footing to douse the fire at the peak. However, attempts to prevent the fire failed due to the difficulty of the terrain and strong wind, it said.
So far, the cause is yet to be ascertained.