Bhubaneswar: With wildfires reported from over 115 places in various forests of Sambalpur district, Divisional Forest Officer (DFO) Sanjeet Kumar on Monday warned of stringent action against those who are setting forests on fire deliberately. Addressing media persons, Kumar said, “We have announced that whoever sets the forest on fire will be arrested and court forwarded and the person who will inform about such wrongdoers will receive a cash prize of Rs 5000.” The DFO urged people not to set the forest on fire and douse the flames if they witness any fire, in order to save the forest and wildlife. He further informed that, apart from 150 regular forest protection squad and elephant squad, 75 more forest personnel have been mobilized for fire-fighting operations. “Range Officers have also been directed to engage more persons on a daily basis if the fire intensifies. There is no lack of money or manpower but there is a need of awareness and enforcement,” said.
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