A minor fire broke out at Gadikonda reserve forest near Doordarshan Tower region in the Tirumala forests about 4 kilometres from the temple. About four acres of vegetation is expected to have been destroyed in the fire.
As the fire spreads desperately today towards TTD forest area, TTD officials alerted TTD forest people to control fire. Forest people divided in four groups and sent on to forest to control fire spreading in all directions.
Because of summer heat waves and dry leaves all over the forest making difficult to end fire brust. The forest personnel were, however, successful in preventing the fire from spreading to other parts.