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Forest fires, haze continue to smother Jambi province

  • Jon Afrizal

    The Jakarta Post

Jambi   /   Sat, June 6 2009   /  12:29 pm

The Jambi Forest and Peatland Fire Response Center (Pusdalkarlahut) announced Friday that forest and peatland fires had flared up again in the province. Satellite imagery from the US North Oceanic Atmospheric Administration (NOAA) show at least 200 hotspots in the province between January and June this year, said the center's secretary Frans Tandipau. "We're still checking whether the fires were set by farmers and plantation companies," he said. The highest number of hotspots was recorded in May, with 91 spots, and the lowest was in June, with 17. The hotspots were located in eight of Jambi's 11 regencies and municipalities: Muarojambi, East and West Tanjungjabung, Batanghari Tebo, Bungo, Merangin and Sarolangun. Most of the hotspots were located in Tebo (48), followed by Bungo and Merangin (39 each), Sarolangun (20), East Tanjungjabung (17), Muarojambi (15), Batangha...