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Shaver Lake Fire: A week after a massive fire ravaged the northern part of the state, it’s now only the beginning of the rebuilding effort.
The blaze was the largest in the state in a quarter century, with about 5,000 hectares burned.
The fire has since been contained, with the state government now hoping to reopen by the end of the week.
“We are now looking at a week or two before the first full-scale, full-on evacuation,” Chief Minister Devendra Fadnavis said on Monday.
“We will be able to open up by tomorrow.
We are looking at maybe a week to two weeks.”
The fire started on July 26.
By the time firefighters arrived at the site, the fire had already engulfed 1,800 hectares (5,300 acres) of forest and had already destroyed homes, cars and homes.
It was estimated that about 7,000 houses were destroyed, with most of the loss in the last two days.
Firefighters have managed to get most of it under control, but many have struggled to get water out of the fire.
The National Disaster Response Force has now been deployed to help contain the fire, with a contingent of 15 teams from the state’s four districts.
“The main challenge we have been facing is getting the water to the affected areas,” said Fadnsavis.
“Our main concern is the safety of our personnel.”
The fire is expected to continue for some time, but Fadnais has promised that it will be under control by the middle of the month.
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