The picturesque Dzukou Valley in Nagaland was engulfed by a massive wildfire on December 29.
The fire went out of control even after massive efforts put in by the state fire departments of both Nagaland and Manipur as the heavy winds made it impossible for the SDRF personnel to tame the fire.
2 days later, on December 31, the Indian Air Force, upon request of the Nagaland government pressed into action one Mi17V5 chopper equipped with Bambi bucket to douse the fire.
On January 1, a C-130J Hercules aircraft of the IAF airlifted 9 Ton load for fire fighting including 48 NDRF personnel from Guwahati to Dimapur.
Union Home Minister Amit Shah also called up Manipur Chief Minister N Biren Singh as well as Nagaland Chief Minister Neiphiu Rio and assured all help from the Center.