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Large Fire in Northern India Releases Thick Plume of Smoke – November 4th, 2011

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November 4th, 2011 Category: Fires, Image of the day

India - November 4th, 2011

A large fire in northern India releases a thick plume of smoke towards the west. Strong winds in the area also blew the smoke cloud eastward. The tall peaks of the Himalayas prevent the smoke from blowing further north over Nepal and Tibet, China.

About 90% of the forest fires in India are created by humans. The normal fire season in India is from the month of February to mid June. The Forest Survey of India data on forest fire attribute around 50% of the forest areas as fire prone.

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