After Odisha’s Similipal Tiger Reserve and Madhya Pradesh’s Bandhavgarh National Park, Uttarakhand has witnessed at least 45 forest fires in the last 24 hours alone. The state that has reported at least 1,000 forest fire in the last six months has reached out to the Centre for helicopters and personnel from the National Disaster Response Force (NDRF). But why are forest fires so frequent in India? What causes forest fires? Why is this a matter of serious concern?