According to the officials, nearly 450 forest fire incidents have been recorded in Mulugu district so far this summer.
People living on forest fringes deliberately start fires to induce growth of grass for cattle grazing or crop rotation
President Jeanine Anez also instructed the Ministry of Defence to transfer its civil defence team so that it could work with the Ministry of the Environment and local governments to address the crisis.
Terming majority of the fires in Telangana forests as routine "Advance Operations" undertaken to prevent major forest fires, the Forest Department said there has been a decline in forest fires by 15 per cent so far this year , and also the intensity of forest fires has come down drastically thanks to the preventive measures.
Poor visibility caused by smoke had caused delays of several flights in Indonesia and Malaysia and prompted authorities to shut schools in some parts of the two countries this week.
A US study said the 2015 fires may have caused more than 100,000 premature deaths due to respiratory and other illnesses.
The State Forest Department said it will not allow any unauthorised persons to enter the forest areas, especially in areas that are prone to fires. It also instructed its field staff to immediately intensify patrolling of all entry and exit points of forests.
Food and water were being handed out underneath canvas awnings, while evacuees were offered counseling or help filling out compensation forms.