Submitted by Kumuda on Sat, 2017-02-18 20:49 Bandipur: Thousands of acres of forest cover burnt down in forest fire in Bandipur tiger reserve on Saturday and a forest guard succumbed to burn injuries while preventing the flames from spreading.The victim is identified as Murigeppa Tammangol. Sources in the department said, three more forest personnel are also said to be missing.Forest guard Murigeppa TammangolThe fire which engulfed Kalkere range swiftly spread to Hediyala range and several forest watchers and volunteers have rushed to douse the fire. According to sources in the department, some miscreants on the Kerala border allegedly lit the fire which in no time reduced large swathes of forest cover to ashes.Sources said, T Heeralal, conservator of forests nd executive director of Bandipur tiger reserve has deployed entire fire watchers team on the ground to fight fire. Besides, the department has also dispatched teams from Chamarajangar and other places to help the Bandipur staff.This is the first time a forest guard died while dousing the fire. Victim Murigeppa Tammangol was trying to contain the fire in Kalkere range when he was completely charred to death, said BJ Hosmath, PCCF Wildlife. "Murigeppa was a good field man and physically he was very strong. Death was cruel to him," the officer added. Murigeppa is survived by wife and a child. Two tribal watchers too have suffered burn injuries and have been rushed to hospital, the officer added.