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Battle against the wildfire at Dzükou Valley in Nagaland had to be adjourned on the second day with the wind only aiding the fire to spread across the valley.
Volunteers from Southern Angami Youth Organisation (SAYO), who were stationed at the valley prior to the fire incident to make arrangements for Nagaland Governor RN Ravi's visit on December 30, have been trying to douse the fire ever since it was first reported.
In the twilight hours of the second day, joint efforts were made to douse the flame, however, it was not enough to bring the fire under control.
The billowing smoke painted the horizon that pans across the valley with crimson red.
As per the initial reports, the actual cause of the fire has not been ascertained yet; however, many believe that it could have been an accidental man-made disaster, apparently caused by some trekkers.
With no sign of the fire slowing down at the Dzukou range, a strong wind continues to blow outwards from the valley along the gorge thereby causing the fire to spread more rapidly.
A SAYO official informed that deputy commissioner of Kohima, superintendent of police, sub-division officer (Civil) of Jakhama and police officials from Khuzama police station visited the site on the second day.
He also said that Forest department ranger along with the officials also inspected the site.
The SAYO also said that they are contemplating to enrol the help of the Nagaland State Disaster Management Authority (NSDMA), Indian Air force in coordination with government agencies, Forest department, police and district administration to make a joint effort to douse the fire.
Earlier during the day, Nagaland governor RN Ravi visited the valley, a visit which was planned before the fire broke out at Dzukou valley.
(Edited by Ibankyntiew Mawrie)