A 13-year-old boy has died of burn injuries while attempting to bring a wildfire under control.

Dipak Mukhiya of Dhurkot Rural Municipality-3, Gulmi died on Friday morning while receiving treatment at the Mission Hospital in Palpa district after sustaining serious burn injuries.

Similarly, 55-year-old Dhan Bahadur Jogi Kunwar sustained serious burn injuries while two houses and three cowsheds were destroyed in the incident.

Amid the dry season, Nepal has been recording thousands of incidents of forest fires in the previous few weeks alone.

The country’s forests are facing an emergency situation with 2023 on its track to become the highest number of forest fires ever recorded in Nepal with almost zero strategies to prevent or contain the situation.