Massive wildfire engulfs Nagaland’s Dzukou valley
Nature’s paradise Dzukou valley has been under huge wildfire from few days but the cause and extent of damage could not be ascertained. Strong winds and ambient dryness are said to be the factors behind the fire spreading fast. To stop the fire engulfing more area in Dzukou valley, the Indian Air Force has engaged an Mi-17V5 helicopter.
Dzukou valley is a popular trekking destination on the Manipur-Nagaland border. IAF Wing Commander Ratnakar Singh said “The helicopter is equipped with Bambi Bucket for fire-fighting in Dzukou Valley near Kohima.” Dzukou Valley is about 30 km from Kohima, is a sanctuary for the endangered Blyth’s tragopan – Nagaland’s state Bird and other species of birds and animals.