28 October 2016, Thimphu: In one of the rare incidences, huge bolts of lightning started two forest fires in two consecutive days at Udzorong and Bartsham in Trashigang, earlier this month. At Udzorong, the lightning hit a huge chirpine tree leaving a clear mark resulting in a forest fire at the place called Jomtshang on 2nd October, 2016 while a day later, on 3rd October, 2016, the forest caught fire when similar lightning struck at Bartsham.
According to Dendup Tshering, Chief Forestry Officer (CFO) of Tashigang Forest Division, he was in the office and at around 2 PM, he saw or heard a terrible lightning in that area. He feared it might spark forest fire and it exactly happened what he feared. “In ten minutes, we received a confirmed fire alarm,” said CFO.
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