A wildfire broke out at the picturesque Dzukou range in Nagaland’s Kohima district on Tuesday, creating panic among locals at the neighboring Southern Angami villages.

According to reports, the fire has destroyed the Dzukou Valley viewpoint. The valley is located in the interstate border between Nagaland and Manipur.

The cause of the fire and the extent of the damage is yet to be ascertained.

Situated at an altitude of 2,452 metres above sea level, the scenic valley is known for its natural environment, seasonal flowers and flora and fauna.

The Nagaland State Disaster Management Authority has confirmed the fire incident.

The State Disaster Management Authority (SDMA) of Nagaland has already requisitioned Indian Air Force (IAF) choppers to douse the fire.

The Southern Angami Youth Association (SAYO), which has been working for the protection of the valley and issues restrictions from time to time, will reportedly send a delegation to the fire site on Wednesday for assessing the damage caused by the fire and detect the cause of the disaster.

Earlier, an incident of devastating fire damaged the valley in November 2018. It has been reported that the massive fire that year was doused by the members of the Southern Angami Youth Association.

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