Karnataka Imposes Temporary Ban On Trekking After 10 Hikers Killed In TN Forest Fire

| March 13 , 2018 , 15:15 IST

Karnataka on Tuesday announced a temporary ban on trekking following the fire incident in the Theni forest of Tamil Nadu that killed 10 hikers on Monday afternoon. Several groups of hikers, including students, were trapped in the Theni forest fire.

Tamil Nadu Chief Minister Edappadi Palaniswami had said the trekkers had not taken the required permission to be in the area. The local forest chief  termed it as an “illegal trekking expedition."  

The forestry department of Kerala has limited access to wildlife sanctuaries until forest officials guarantee the safety of visitors and release all lines of fire. The department said no one could enter the forest areas without their permission. The visitors will also be asked to watch a presentation on subjects related to fires and how to prevent them. 

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The ban will reportedly continue until the end of the dry season, until the rain helps moisten the forest. The forest department stated that several forest areas in the state were prone to fires.  

As per the reports, fires have been reported in forest areas of Nandi Hills, Turahalli, Kodagu and Chikkamagaluru this year already.