Margalla Hills fire extinguished: CDA

200 firefighters, two helicopters fight blaze

Our Correspondent May 28, 2024
Another fire broke out on Sunday on the Margalla hills in Islamabad. SCREENGRAB


A forest fire on the Margalla Hills was completely extinguished on Tuesday, declared the Capital Development Authority (CDA).

The fire brigade and the Capital Development Authority (CDA) responded promptly to extinguish the blaze.

PM Shehbaz Sharif had taken notice of the fire on Margalla Hills and directed the relevant authorities to mobilize quickly to control the blaze and ensure the safety of life and property, according to a statement issued by the Prime Minister's Office (MPO).

The CDA reported that the fire broke out on Saidpur Range Trail 3 and spread towards Noor Pur Range Trail 5.

The CDA chairman monitored the firefighting efforts on the instruction of the prime

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As many as 200 firefighters took part in the operation. Besides, two helicopters and fire tenders were also deployed.

In addition, the team of Rawalpindi Rescue 1122 also participated in the effort. According to CDA, they faced hardship in blowing out the fire due to howling gales and hot weather.

Earlier, three separate fires had also flared up across the Margalla Hills on Monday. Military helicopters also joined the operation to extinguish the fires. The sudden outbreak was fuelled by scorching temperatures.

Spread over 12,605 hectares, the Margalla Hills witness many fire incidents during summer every year.


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