New Delhi: A fire broke out in Rajasthan’s Sariska Tiger Reserve, following which the Indian Air Force (IAF) sent two helicopters to bring the flames under control, officials said on Tuesday.

The IAF said that at the request of the Alwar district administration for assistance in controlling the fire that spread over large areas in Sariska Tiger Reserve, it had deployed two Mi 17 V5 helicopters for the Bambi Bucket operation.

“The operation is underway,” the IAF said.

The cause of the blaze that was reported on Monday evening is yet to be ascertained.

The fire has been burning an area of around five to seven sq kilometers. Due to the fire tiger movement has been affected, a forest official said.

Villagers residing in the periphery of the fire-affected areas have been moved to safety.

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