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Periphery of the Western Ghats, Maharashtra. 2018.

The Forest Survey of India has satellites passing over India 6 times a day, reporting in real-time forest fires. The current season reflects a dip in fire alerts, likely due to a reduction of careless mammals (humans) roaming the forest floor….but with many forest department officials under lockdown, the fires that do catch run the risk of running wild.

Biswajit Mohanty, secretary of the Wildlife Society of Odisha, had this to say a few days ago, “The first one hour is critical to control it before it develops into an inferno.”

I’m not sure if he was speaking about forest fires or Coronavirus.

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Robert Stephens

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