Hundreds of trees lost in Narowal forest fire
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A fire broke out at the famous jungle of Bara Pind in Narowal on Friday and burnt hundreds of trees valuing millions of rupees, reported 24NewsHD TV.
The fire engulfed the entire forest within hours and hundreds of trees worth millions of rupees were burnt to ashes. Fire brigade teams from Narowal city, Sialkot city, Daska city and Gujranwala city were on way to the forest ton extinguish the fire.
Bara Pind of Narowal is a village at the Pak-India border having more than 334.25 acres of planted area. This area was included in the Wildlife of Border Belt Game Reserve District Narowal, Punjab.
In 1995, a 5 miles long strip along Pak-India border was declared as Game Reserve with a view to conserve local wildlife species that were unique in which 15 mammal species from 11 families and 6 orders has been identified. As many as 86 birds’ species representing 64 genera, 35 families belonging to 17 orders were identified.
The main species that were identified are including Jackal, Hedgehog, Rhesus monkeys, mongoose, boar, hog deer, hare, palm squirrel, rats, grebe, cormorant, egret, pond heron, goose, ruddy shelduck, mallard, showeler, Eurasian Wigeon, kite, buzzard, Laggar falcon, Shaheen falcon, peafowl, quail, water hen, stilt, shank, sandpiper, tern, blue rock pigeon, dove, parakeet, crow, pied cuckoo, owl, night jar, king fisher, Kashmir roller, hoopoe, lark, swallow, martin, wagtail, babbler, grass hopper, chat, Indian tree pie, myna, sparrow, and weaver.
Due to the recent fire in the jungle area, many of these species have been deserted.
Reporter Yasser Arafat