Shimla: A sudden rise in mercury in the past few days has triggered off forest fires, causing widespread damage to the forest wealth in the hill state.
A senior officer of the department said most of the fires are being reported from the pine forests as trees shed pine needles in summer.
Being highly flammable, the pine forest floors are highly prone to igniting a forest fire as day temperatures rise
The forest fire here was raging near a village close to Jubbar Hatti, where the Shimla airport is located, yesterday night.
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