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Public warned as fires destroy 700 ha of forest, plantations in Riau

  • Rizal Harahap and Severianus Endi

    The Jakarta Post

Pekanbaru/Pontianak   /   Tue, April 19 2016   /  07:35 am

The general public were warned about the possibility of massive forest and land fires on Monday, after fires ravaged a total 700 ha in Meranti Islands regency, Riau province, over the past three months.

Acting head of the Meranti Islands Disaster Mitigation Agency (BPBD) M. Edy Afrizal, said the worst fires occurred in March, during which over 500 ha were burned.

“All nine districts across Meranti Islands regency experienced forest and land fires. What was different from one district to another was simply the area burned,” Edy said, Monday.

He said that the fires had burned through rubber and sago plantations belonging to residents as well as an industrial forest that belonged to PT Sumatera Riang Lestari (PT SRL), a concession company in Parit Jawa village, Tanjung Kedabu subdistrict, Rangsang Island.

Of the 100 ha of land burned in Tanjung Kedabu, 30 ha ...