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‘Not natural’: Why is Kerala seeing more forest fires this year?

Recently, six scientists, Abi Tamim Vanak, Ankila Hiremath and Nitin Rai of the Ashoka Trust for Research in Ecology and the Environment; Raman Sukumar of the Centre for Ecological Sciences at the Indian Institute of Science; Jayashree Ratnam of the National Centre for Biological Sciences; and Tarsh Thekaekara of The Shola Trust, wrote an open letter saying controlled fires are necessary for forest management.