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Number Theory: Record fires in Uttarakhand, Himachal and J&K as winter turns dry

By, New Delhi
Jan 16, 2024 05:07 PM IST

An HT analysis of satellite data suggests that fires in the two hill states and Jammu & Kashmir are unprecedented this January

Forest fires have been reported across several areas in Uttarakhand, Himachal Pradesh, and Jammu & Kashmir in the past three days. For example, the defence ministry’s public relations wing said in a post on X on January 14, that a forest fire had been brought under control in Dera Ki Gali of Poonch district. The New Indian Express reported on January 15 that forests in Pipalkoti of Chamoli district, Jugju in Joshimath district, and Jamrakhala on the Pauri-Srinagar highway of Uttarakhand were on fire. Similarly, fires were reported from forests in the Vashisht and Shanaag areas of Manali in Himachal Pradesh, according to an ANI report on January 15. An HT analysis of satellite data suggests that such fires in the two hill states and Jammu & Kashmir were unprecedented this January. While the trigger for the fires could be human or natural, the fuel for them is likely to be the dry winter that these regions are experiencing. Here are three charts that explain this.

Uttarakhand, Himachal Pradesh, and Jammu & Kashmir have reported 1102, 925, and 486 fires from January 1 to January 15(ANI)
Uttarakhand, Himachal Pradesh, and Jammu & Kashmir have reported 1102, 925, and 486 fires from January 1 to January 15(ANI)
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    Abhishek Jha is a data journalist. He analyses public data for finding news, with a focus on the environment, Indian politics and economy, and Covid-19.

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