7)Of late incidents of forest fire are on the rise. Discuss the causes behind forest fires, approaches of fighting forest fires and ways of mitigating them?

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Topic – Disaster and disaster management.

7)Of late incidents of forest fire are on the rise. Discuss the causes behind forest fires, approaches of fighting forest fires and ways of mitigating them?

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The Hindu

Why this question

The recent wildfire tragedy in TN, in which 20 trekkers lost their lives, once again brings into focus forest fires in India. Over the past few years, we have realised that these fires are not spontaneous; human beings set off fires. Forest fires are a natural disaster which hasn’t received the kind of attention it deserves.

 

Key demand of the question

The question is quite pointed in what it demands in the answer.

 

Directive word

Discuss – Go through the details of the demands of the question and examine each aspect in depth from multiple perspectives. While discussing approaches, evaluate its efficacy as well.

 

Structure of the answer

Introduction – Describe what is a forest fire and point out the growing incidents of forest fire

 

Body

  • Discuss causes of forest fire – natural causes as well as the reasons behind man made causes
  • Discuss how we deal with forest fire and the lacunae
  • Discuss the way ahead – cover multiple perspectives such as immediate response, addressing the economic angle etc

 

Conclusion – Summarize the challenge that forest fire throws from disaster management and why we should focus on addressing this challenge asap.