The summer heat has yet again brought back fire in the Seshachalm Forests near Tirupati. Hundreds of acres of land have been on fire in the last two weeks in Seshachalam forests spread across Chittoor, Kadapa and Nellore districts. This disturbs the entire region’s biodiversity, ecology and environment.
The fire started on Tuesday at Avvachari Kona, slowly surrounded the forest, spread towards Karakambadi and reached Tirupati on Friday. Locals are tensed as it spread to Thirumalanagar, Thuda Quarters and Jayashankar colonies in the city.
However, timely intervention by forest and fire services personnel have brought down the flames regularly and protecting the forest-belt from wildfires. Forest fires are a regular phenomenon in these forests and pose a great threat to forest wealth, flora and fauna not to mention wildlife.
Concerns have been raised over the fire spreading to the other side of Avvachari Kona. If that should happen, then there is a huge risk of destruction of forest area in the Tirumala range.