4-km-wide fire in forest near Mumbai's Aarey Colony doused

New Delhi, Dec 4: A major fire that engulfed a forested area spread over four kilometres near the Aarey Colony in suburban Goregaon in Mumbai was doused after an all-night operation.The blaze had triggered an alarm as various agencies scrambled to douse the flames that threatened to affect the tribal residents in the city's biggest green lung.The fire department's officials said efforts to control the blaze were hindered by winds coming from the hills and it was spreading to nearby residential areas.Mumbai's famous Film City occupies part of the Colony, which is located off the Western Express Highway. The huge fire was visible from far away, including the Western Express Highway. Many social media users posted pictures and videos.Chief Fire Officer Prabhat Rahangdale said the Disaster Management Control Room was directed to inform all police stations surrounding the forest to prepare to evacuate tribal residents.The blaze started in an open plot near an IT Park along the General Arun Kumar Vaidya Marg in the western suburb, located adjacent to the Colony.