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Forest fire in Manang since Thursday, controlling efforts underway

File: A forest fire near the Pathibhara temple in Taplejung, in December 2020.

Manang, February 14

A forest fire in Mukhung community forest in Nisyang rural municipality-2 of Manang is yet to come under control.

The forest fire is continuing since Thursday last week. A joint team of Nepal Police, Armed Police Force, and Nepal Army is working with the help of locals to contain the fire. But, the steep hill is making it difficult, says Armed Police Force DSP Hom Nath Panthi.

Manang’s Chief District Officer Bishnu Prasad Lamichhane says every possible effort is being made to put out the fire. He, however, expresses concerns over the delay by the Annapurna Conservation Area Project authorities in finding the origin of the fire.

The ACAP’s Manang Lekhnath Gautam says an investigation into the case is taking place with the help of the locals but no clue has been found yet.

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