Mohmand – During the firefighting operation in Tehsil Baizai Salala, Jarobi Darta and Shandara border areas of Mohmand district, a Frontier Corps (FC) official engaged in extinguishing the fire, was suddenly engulfed in flames and badly burned, police sources informed.
The injured official was transferred to Peshawar CMH where he succumbed to his injuries. The name of the FC individual was not identified until the report was filed. Sources also said four staff from other departments were also injured while fighting the fire. Rescue 1122 teams have been carrying out firefighting operations in the border areas of Mohmand, Shandara and Jarobi Dara district for the past three days.
Frontier Corps (FC), the Forestry Department and the district administration also participated in the Mohmand wildfire operation. The Forestry Department team under the supervision of Divisional Forestry Officer (DFO) Arsalan Tariq, together with SDFO Upper Mohmand and RFO Lower Mohmand, including the workforce, left Ghalanai and rendered instead of the fire in the wee hours.
DFO said that upon arrival at the scene, flames of fire were observed burning at three locations, namely Shandar Qala, Kunzala Shah and Jarobi Dara, which were brought under control through the efforts of 3 teams consisting of employees of the Forest Department, Rescue 1122 (including teams from Bajaur, Charsadda and Peshawar districts in addition to Mohmand) and works.
A team from Mohmand Rifles, together with the district administration, also helped at the Salala border, but to no avail as the intensity of the fire was so high that flashback broke out at Shandara and Jarobi Dara. DC Mohmand, Arifullah Awan, Commander Mohmand Rifles, Wing Commander 176 wing and District Emergency Officer (DEO) 1122 Iftikhar Khan were also present.
DC advised that the fire is humanly impossible to control in such rugged terrain and can only be brought under control if it rains or water is sprayed from a helicopter. The officers present on site jointly asked the Wing Commander to approach the 22-Brigade Commander for the provision of the helicopter.
The Divisional Forestry Officer (DFO) said two teams from the Mohmand Forestry Department and Rescue 1122 are still present in the area and are doing their best to control the fire.
and all possible precautionary measures are being taken to control the fire, but continuing to chase the fire at night may pose a potential threat to the lives of personnel.