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Ham-Fisted Response Costs Lives in Kurdestan Forest Fire

Ill-organized fire extinguishing operations led to the death of four in the blaze that hit the forests of Marivan
Ham-Fisted Response Costs  Lives in Kurdestan Forest Fire Ham-Fisted Response Costs  Lives in Kurdestan Forest Fire
Local authorities claim that they died due to deep burns while officials from Iran's Red Crescent Society attribute their death to the explosion of a landmine

A wildfire that began scorching the forests of Marivan in Kurdestan Province on Saturday has taken the lives of four environmentalists during their attempts to put out the blaze with bare hands and with no proper safety measures. 
The fire, whose cause is still unknown, had been contained by late Sunday but the extinguishing forces remained in the area due to the high risks of reignition. 
The Forests, Range and Watershed Management Organization was the key body responsible for the operations but the Department of Environment and NGOs as well as local people also cooperated in the efforts, Zist Online reported.  
Two of the four victims were among the personnel of Marivan's FRWMO office and the other two were members of a green NGO who had volunteered to help put out the fire. 

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