– Fires had destroyed a total of 30,477 hectares of forests in Indonesia as of July 2019, according to the National Disaster Mitigation Agency (BNPB).
Agus Wibowo, spokesman of the agency, said forest and bush fires engulfed eight Indonesian provinces.
Most of the fires were triggered by intentional or accidental human activities. Such provinces as Riau, South Sumatra, West Kalimantan, Central Kalimantan and South Kalimantan have declared an emergency alert status for forest fires.
The BNPB and the Agency for Technology Assessment and Application have conducted aerial operation to induce artificial rain.
Meanwhile, the Indonesian Military and Police have deployed more than 1,500 officers to prevent and help extinguish forest fires.
Earlier this year, the Meteorology, Climatology and Geophysics Agency had reminded the regional authorities to step up vigil over possible forest fires and droughts, as this year’s dry season was forecast to be drier than that of the previous year. The extreme dry season has affected several areas since May and is expected to last until September, with the condition likely to peak in August.
The Terra and Aqua satellites detected nearly 50 hotspots on July 16 in 11 districts and municipalities in Riau province.
A joint team, comprising police and military officers as well as local firefighters, has attempted to extinguish the forest fire in Kampar district since the past several days.-VNA
- German village ready to evacuate due to forest fire
- Nearly 1,000 people work to extinguish forest fire
- Huge forest fire breaks out in Elveden
- Vietnamese leaders send condolences to Greece over forest fire
- Major forest fire burns Greek nature reserve for 3rd day
- Only You Can Avoid Forest Fires
- Forest fires partly responsible for Greenland melts
- How Do I Survive a Forest Fire?
- Al Qaeda Magazine Instructs Its Readers To Start Forest Fires With ‘Ember Bombs’
- Indonesia’s fire fight