Bamboos suffer from low shelf life because of attacks by fungi or insects mainly insect borers or termites. Traditionally, freshly cut bamboo poles were dipped in flowing water to remove starch, which attracts insects and pests or coating with oils or paint and even coal tar.

Among the different causes of forest fires, accidental causes result into more than 90 per cent fires followed by natural causes. Socio-economic factors, viz., land holding and social participation play an important role in the management of forest fires. This finding was further conformed by the regression analysis. However, education was found inversely related. The lack of interaction with forest department was reported as an important factor for the non participation of the respondent in the forest fire control.