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Wednesday, March 23, 2011

On the occasion of Shivaratri, a team of 14 volunteers from Bangalore had gone to Kollegala Area for Forest Fire Awareness Program. As on Shivaratri, people surrounding Maduvahalli and Hondarabalu, they visit temple on top of Siddeswarabetta and Adani Maramma. So on this day chances of Forest Fire is more. Karantaka Forest Department personals were there in both places to check Forest Fire.
Siddeswara Betta near Kollegala

We started early morning of 2nd March 2011, we reach Kollegala by 10:30AM. We spit ourself in two teams, 3 people went to Siddeswarabetta and other to Adani Maramma temple. Siddeswara Temple is 1.5km climb from Hondarabalu and Adani Maramma Temple is 5km climb.
Adani Maramma Temple near Kollegala

In Adani Maramma temple, many people gather on this day for worship and after that everyone will go back to village by afternoon. We followed them back to village looking for any forest fire or its chances.
In Siddeswarabetta, people will come for the Temple throughout the Day. And also many will be awake in the night. Unfortunately there was Forest fire near Thimmarajapura. With the help of Forest personals, Guruprasad, Harsha & Karthik, could completely set-off the fire after much hard work.

Forest Fire at Thimmarajapura near Kollegala
In the night at Siddeswara Temple premises we showed a old Kannada film and also things about FFA. Whole team did not sleep in the night, and were watching chances of


Forest Fire.
At early morning on 3rd March 2011 we started back to Bangalore, since there was mist, so chances of Forest fire is very less. It was great experience all of us. Those who are willing to participate in the future events, can mail me: ambareeshhs@gmail.com
Please note: There won't be any trek, fun activities or even we wont go to jungles, its just FFA Program. And should speak Kannada fluently.
Few words about FFA:
Forest fires are usually seasonal. They usually start in the dry season and can be prevented by adequate precautions. Fire can be prevented through removal of forest litter all along the forest boundary. This is called "Forest Fire Line". This line used to prevent fire breaking into the forest from one compartment to another. The collected litter was burnt in isolation. The best way to control a forest fire is therefore, to prevent it from spreading. Mainly in India forest fire happens because of human, may it’s accidental or intentional. So to prevent it awareness among villagers should happen.
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Written by: Ambareesh Karanth
Photo Courtesy: Harsha & Jagadeesh

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