Fire at Islamabad’s Margalla Hills partially contained


ISLAMABAD (ENN) A fire which erupted at the Margalla Hills near Pir Sohawa in the federal capital last night continued was partially contained here on Thursday afternoon.

The blaze was doused at three points and efforts are under way to completely contain the fire, said the National Disaster Management Authority (NDMA).

Unavailability of fire trucks earlier here on Thursday had delayed the efforts to extinguish the fire.

According to reports, the flames had spread near the main road adjacent to the hills by morning.

Meanwhile, the Fire Control Department has maintained that as only the Environment Control Department has the mandate to look into forest fires hence they are unable to play any role at the moment.

The area residents said that the fire erupted on Wednesday morning, but it had now spread due to no immediate action.

Earlier on March 30, a fire broke out in the same forest. It took CDA a day to douse off the fire in which at least 100 firefighters and as many as 150 members of other authorities took part in the operation.

Four helicopters of the Pakistan Army and Air Force were used to extinguish the fire by using Bambi buckets.

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