Now, Maharashtra forest department to get fire alerts every 2 hours from FSI

NAGPUR: For the primary time, the Maharashtra woodland department gets near real-time fireplace signals every two hours from Forest Survey of India (FSI), a body below the MoEFCC.
Talking to TOI on Friday, director basic (DG) of FSI Subhash Ashutosh said, "We have integrated our web portal with Maharashra forest department's portal which will help them get alerts and control the damage to great extent. The experiment will be replicated in other states soon."




Ashutosh had also visited command & keep an eye on room of woodland department in Nagpur on October 17, 2018. He was once apprised about department's IT preparedness to handle emerging demanding situations of woodland fires. He was once also suggested to provide pre-fire signals of the last two years.

"As our web system was not integrated with Maharashtra, sending alerts used to take long time. Now we are also launching alert system for large fires on January 16 and the state will be first to get alerts about it too," said Ashutosh.

Talking in regards to the new device, PCCF (information, era and coverage) Praveen Srivastava said it's been in place from January 9. This provider has been initiated on geo-spatial platform of woodland department.


"Now real-time fire alert will help the department to effectively mitigate damage. We were working with FSI for the last one year for providing web map service facility for forest fire alerts. Now our officers will have near real-time information on its own geo-portal on occurrence of fires," said Srivastava.


Forest fireplace is without doubt one of the herbal calamity categorised below Disaster Management Act, 2005. On alert device, Srivastava said, basically, National Remote Sensing Centre (NRSC), Hyderabad, gets fireplace signals from their Suomi National Polar-orbiting Partnership (SNPP) and Moderate Resolution Imaging Spectroradiometer (MODIS) satellite sensors, that are ate up by FSI on their servers and in flip despatched to the dept in every two-hour period, on a near real time foundation.


Srivastava said the FSI has also helped determine dense forests, somewhat dense, open forests and scrubs with different coloration of colors.


"We will be able know now which category of forest was burning and even compartment number. Earlier, this system was missing. This has been possible as FSI has shared thematic maps with forest department. These maps have been overlaid on compartment level boundaries of the department and outside areas too," said Srivastava.
Now, Maharashtra forest department to get fire alerts every 2 hours from FSI Now, Maharashtra forest department to get fire alerts every 2 hours from FSI Reviewed by kailash soni on January 12, 2019 Rating: 5
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