The fire that was burning vast swathes of the Sundarbans in Bagerhat for the last four days has finally been extinguished.
The Forest Department, Community Patrol Group (CPG), and fire service personnel along with local people worked tirelessly to tame the blaze. Local witnesses said they saw no smoke emerging from the forest on Friday, reports Prothom Alo.
Abdus Sattar, station officer at Sharankhola and Morelganj Fire Service, said no new fire was reported in the forest all day long.
"We did not go there today as the Forest Department did not call us. We left a water reserve inside the forest. If necessary, the forest department officials will take water from it," he said.
He also added that there will be no chance of fire spreading again if it rains.
Fire broke out in the Dasher Bharani forest of the Sarankhola Range in the Sundarbans East Forest Division of Bagerhat district on 3 May. Since then, the officials concerned along with local people have been working to bring the fire under control.
In the last 20 years, there have been around 26 fires in the Sundarbans.