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Jakarta Post

Fire razes protected forest in N. Sumatra

  • Apriadi Gunawan

    The Jakarta Post

Karo, N. Sumatra   /   Thu, July 21 2011   /  08:00 am

Fire has destroyed hundreds of hectares of protected forest over the last three days on the slopes of Mount Sipiso-Piso, located near the Lake Toba resort area in Tongging village, Merek district, Karo regency, North Sumatra.

As of noon Wednesday, there was no sign of the fire abating. The fire is believed to be sparked by people intending to clear the forest. A limited number of fire trucks and rough terrain hampered firefighting efforts.

Strong winds contributed to the quick spread of fire, which has spread to nearby residents’ farms.

Local resident Sinar Munte said the forest fire began on Tuesday. He said many residents feared the massive fire could threaten their farms.

“We are afraid the fire will quickly spread to our farms. There is no sign the fire will recede as of now,” said Sinar, adding residents living around the area did not have the resou...