The thick tara devi oak forest facing Shimla is on fire again. The horizon is all smoky and grey .
Once again the state’s forest department and volunteers have been caught napping . They have not even made an attempt to put out these fires .
What has surprised many is how have the fires returned so fast despite heavy rain spell earlier this week .
Reports of fires have also come in from many other parts of the state .
And the state cabinet of P.K.Dhumal only shed crocodile tears over the weekend and passed a resolution saying it is concerned about the forest fires .
What has surprised many is how come these summer fires return only in those areas where outsiders have reportedly illegally bought land to build apartments and houses .
These areas are near tara devi , annandale , kuchi ghati among other places . Last week there were seven fires in the Shimla suburbs the forest department failed to douse them , the rain a couple of days put these flames out .
Many suspect these builders have hired petty criminals including local villagers to start these fires and destroy the forests .
But the entire government sitting in Shimla only watches and does nothing !