Forest Fire

The most common hazard in forests is forests fire. Forests fires are as old as the forests themselves. They pose a threat not only to the forest wealth but also to the entire regime to fauna and flora seriously disturbing the bio-diversity and the ecology and environment of a region. During autumn, when there is no rain for months, the forests all over Sikkim become littered with dry senescent leaves and twinges, which could burst into flames ignited by the slightest spark, causing loss to vegetation cover and crops of that region. 

Causes of Forest Fire

Forest fires are caused by Natural causes as well as Man made causes.

Natural causes - Many forest fires start from natural causes such as lightning which set trees on fire. However, rain extinguishes such fires without causing much damage. High atmospheric temperatures and dryness (low humidity) offer favourable circumstance for a fire to start.

Man made causes
 - Fire is caused when a source of fire like naked flame, cigarette or bidi, electric spark or any source of ignition comes into contact with inflammable material.

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