DERA ISMAIL KHAN (APP) - The fire, which erupted at Shaikh Badin National Park a couple of days back, has engulfed the whole park, and is threatening endangered wildlife species and tourism, especially at a time when these fabulous mountains host visitors from around the country. The cause of the fire is yet to be ascertained, however, no effort has so far been made to put it out. It would surely be a worrisome situation for the Federal Ministry of Tourism, which has approved a multi-million chair-lift project at this hill station. Locals said that the fire had devastated dense forest of olives and almonds, besides killing wildlife including brown wolves and pheasants. No attention was being paid by either provincial government or wildlife department, they added. Wildlife is already on the verge of extinction in DI Khan where the International Union for Conservation and Nature-IUCN, UNDP-GEF and Organisation and Rural Development (ORDR) have had made concerted efforts to overcome the problem. "We all are saddened to learn about the fire. It must not have happened," said Safdar Abbas Qureshi, Project Director of ORDR. He underscored the need to put in place a mechanism similar to the one meant for Margallah Hills when fire erupted usually in summer on those hills near the Federal Capital. Shaikh Badin National Park is located at an altitude of 4100 above sea level, and stretches over thousands of acres. It lies approximately 60 km towards north of DI Khan. DI Khan is the getaway to Khyber-Pakhtoonkhwa for the tourists entering Pakistan from Balochistan and the Punjab. Majority of the tourists entering from the western border on motorbike follow this route to Khyber-PK. Most of them, however, just pass through DI Khan. There are two ancient sites, one is on Chashma Road know as Kafir Kot just 1 km towards left near Bilot Head Works, and the other is Rehman Dheri, which is about 25 km on the Bannu Road, very few people know about it.