Mysuru: Officials at the Nagarahole Wildlife Sanctuary are employing technology to help save thousands of animals and other forest resources from wildfire. To prevent fires from spreading from one location to another, the department is building ‘fire lines’ beside forests.
The department has deployed 11 private vehicles, seven jeeps equipped with water tankers, eight sprayers, 15 power saws, and 11 blowers in addition to 400 temporary fire watchers posted at 31 towers.
The department has submitted a proposal to the Union Environment Secretariat for helicopters to fight forest fires.
According to sources, the department has two thermal drone cameras, one that can detect fire at night and the other that can detect fire during the day.
The Karnataka State Remote Sensing Applications Centre (KSRSAC) provides weather forecast information to the Forest department. This company uses satellites to collect data and then uploads it to its website. It also sends SMS to forest officials in the case of a forest fire or extreme heat. As a result, officials take extra precautions in high-temperature zones.