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Jakarta Post

Firefighters save wildlife from fires in S. Sumatra

  • Khairul Saleh and Jon Afrizal

    The Jakarta Post

Palembang/Jambi   /   Sat, September 17 2011   /  08:00 am

Dozens of elephants and various other wildlife species are reported to have been spared from forest fires, which have been decreasing since the launch of cloud-seeding.

“The wildlife habitat in the animal conservation area is still safe as of now, as firefighters were able to put out the fire that suddenly appeared and spread to the wildlife area,” South Sumatra Natural Resources Conservation Center (BKSDA) head Dwi Setyono said on Friday.

The firefighters were reported to have managed to extinguish the fires from spreading in a number of spots, including the Padang Sugihan wildlife conservation area in Riding 3 village, Pangkalan Lampam, Ogan Komering Ilir (OKI).

Dwi said it was no easy task to reach the fire locations, deep inside the forest.

Efforts by the Manggala Agni fire-fighting team to reach the area by fire truck had failed so they decided to co...