SRINAGAR, June 22: A forest fire has erupted along the Line of Control- that divides the state between India and Pakistan-and is fast spreading towards the Indian side.
The fire erupted in Bandi Abbaspura on the other side of the LoC in Poonch this morning, officials said and is feared to reach this side of the military line to Khadi Karmara belt.
Meanwhile another heavy forest fire which erupted several kilometers along the Indo-Pak border and triggered mine explosions in the area besides damaging some communication lines in the same district was doused in the morning.
The fire erupted from Pakistan Occupied Kashmir’s Dara Sheirkhan and spread to the Indian side of the Line of Control (LoC) in Deri Dakhi belt of Mendhar sector last evening, officials said Friday.
The fire spread 3 to 4 kms along the border belt upto lower Krishangati belt triggering several mine explosions planted by security troops as part of anti-infiltration measures, they said.
There has been no loss of life or injury to anyone in the fire, a senior army officer at 16 Corps told media.
There was no damage caused to any forward post along the LoC in fire.
However, there has been mine field explosions and some damage to communication cables along the LoC and these are being repaired, the officer said.
Troops, forest officials and locals extinguished the fire this morning, according to reports.