A major forest fire that had broken out at two
locations of Malleswara peak of Attappady Reserve Forest, Palakkad district,
Kerala has subsided. The State government had sought the help of the Air Force
to put out the fire at Attappadi, Agali and Bhavani forest ranges.
Malleswara peak is the highest peak in the
Attappadi Reserve Forest. Attappadi is a mountain valley at the headwaters of
Bhavani River-a tributary of Kaveri River.
The Bhavani forest ranges is a prat of the
buffer zone of Silent valley national park. Silent Valley in Kerala was
declared as National Park in 1984. It is located in the South-western corner of
Nilgiris. It is a protected area within the Nilgiri Biosphere Reserve.