PULWAMA — A swift response from the Fire and Emergency Services Department averted a potential disaster as a fire raged through the grass fields in the Dangarpora area of Pulwama district on Wednesday. The incident marked the 14th fire in Kashmir in the last 10 days, with experts attributing the surge to an ongoing dry spell in the valley.

The fire, which was first noticed by a local car showroom owner near the spot, quickly engulfed the grassy expanse, prompting a call to emergency services. The Fire and Emergency Services Department dispatched a team to the scene, and their prompt action helped contain the flames and prevent any loss of life or major property damage.

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The dry spell in the region has heightened the risk of wildfires, as parched vegetation becomes susceptible to ignition. Experts are urging residents to exercise caution and report any signs of fire immediately to prevent the escalation of such incidents.

The 14 fire incidents in the past 10 days have put a strain on the resources of the firefighting teams, emphasizing the need for heightened vigilance during this period of increased fire risk. Local authorities are also exploring measures to mitigate the impact of the dry spell, including public awareness campaigns and stricter enforcement of fire safety regulations.

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While the fires have been successfully contained thus far, concerns linger over the potential for more outbreaks given the persistent dry conditions in the valley. Authorities are advising residents to adopt fire-safe practices and cooperate with emergency services to ensure a swift and effective response to any future incidents.

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