Forest fire: Uttarakhand CM holds emergency meeting

Massive fire erupted in 62 hectares of forest area in Uttarakhand in last 24 hours. State Chief Minister Tirath Singh Rawat held an emergency meeting over the fire incident via video conferencing. "We asked the Centre to give us 2 choppers to take control of fire situation. We've been given the same. We're hoping to douse fire using choppers today," said Rawat. The forest fire claimed lives of 4 people and 7 animals. 12,000 guards and fire watchers of state forest department deployed to douse the raging fire. Fire destroyed property worth Rs 37 lakh so far.