An IAF Mi 17 chopper today flew several sorties in Nainital district sprinkling water lifted from a lake to douse the raging forest fires that have destroyed vast swathes of forested land across Uttarakhand.The chopper has collected water from Shrinagar dam but will make a sortie over areas where fires are active only when visibility improves. The Mi 17 chopper, which has a capacity to carry 3,000 litres of water, is collecting water from Bhimtal lake and making sorties over Almakhan, Kilbari and Nalena areas of Nainital district to douse the fires. <!– /11440465/Dna_Article_Middle_300x250_BTF –>Watch IAF team spraying water over forest area in Srinagar & Koteshwar:

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Watch: IAF team sprays water to douse Uttarakhand forest fire