Economy Increasing dry season fires in Kerala spotlight debate around man-made fires Updated : May 06, 2019 04:40 PM IST Number of forest fire incidents have escalated in 2019 in Kerala. The fires in Munnar’s Vattavada region and the Kurichiad range in Wayanad together brought down hundreds of hectares of forest. The actual figure is debated. Officials and environmental activists claim that all fires are manmade and harmful, while some scientists say controlled fires have positive impacts on certain forest ecosystems. Subscribe to Moneycontrol PRO at just Rs.33/- per month for the first year. Use code SUPERPRO. Limited period offer. Available on Web and Android.