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Forest fire nearTirumala under control now
The forest region near Tirumala Tirupati Devasthanam (TTD) in Andhra Pradesh, which left behind a trail of destruction in the Seshachalam hills was brought under control to a large extent on Thursday by the rescue operation team. It was jointly taken up by the Army, Navy, disaster management experts, besides the sustained efforts of the TTD and other district coordinating forces.
The information about the fire was received on Wednesday from the state administration and immediately the Defence Crisis Management Group, an apex level body of Defence Forces for managing disaster situations, and the Chief of Integrated Defence Staff, swung into action for the firefighting operation.

The IAF helicopters sprayed water on the fire ranging from three days with 'Bambi buckets' with a capacity of 4,000 litres of water. The helicopter operations were conducted from Renigunta airport. Two army columns, consisting of 125 soldiers each, came down from Chennai and were deployed to assist thestate administration to deal with the crisis, as reported by Deccan Chronicle.

The fire, which had actually broken out on Tuesday was threatening the famous Balaji Temple. Officials of the TTD said that the fire was spreading rapidly and destroyed forests spread over thousands of hectares. Due to the, a thick smoke had enveloped the hills and the shops around the temple were shut and the pedestrian pathway from Alipiri to the temple for devotees were also closed.

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