A massive wildfire broke out at the Simlipal National Park in Odisha, had finally bought into control after raging for almost one week. A national park and tiger reserve; an UNESCO World Network of Biosphere Reserves since 2009 situated in Mayurbhanj district for over 2,750 sq. km area.
The authorities has confirmed that there was no loss of life or injury to wildlife, villagers or public property has been reported so far. The Director General of National Tiger Conservation Authority, S.P. Yadav said "The fire is under control, no loss or injury to wildlife, any staff, villagers or public property has been reported." Simlipal is home to unique melanocytic tigers, rare and endemic orchids, 1,352 species of plants, 55 species of mammals, 361 species of birds, 62 species of reptiles and 21 species of amphibians.
For one week about 1,000 people including forest officials, locals and volunteers used 40 vehicles and 240 blowers to disconnect the fire line and keep it from spreading to newer areas.
There also lots of controversy arises regarding the cause of fire, while locals say that such fires are a natural phenomenon that occurs annually, others said that the fire is man-made. It is lit by people using dry leaves for collecting forest produces like sal seeds, mahua flowers and firewood, besides smuggling timbers and poaching while the government is yet to ascertain any statements.