The Indian Air Force swung into action today to douse the wildfire at the Sariska Tiger Reserve, which has been raging on for over 40 hours now, raising concerns for officials. Authorities looked to the Army after the district administration and the forest reserve officials from the tiger reserve failed to control a fire that turned into a major conflagration on Monday.
Following a request from the Alwar District Administration, two Mi-17 V5 helicopters have been deployed with bambi buckets to put out the flames.
A video released by the Indian Air Force, which captured the firefighting operations, showed the Russian-made Mi-17 choppers flying over the tiger reserve with a ‘bambi bucket’ – a small water tank held by a cable to the helicopter – and spraying water to contain the fire that has spread over a wide area.
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