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RI passes first critical period of forest fires, challenges stay

  • Hans Nicholas Jong

    The Jakarta Post

Jakarta   /   Tue, July 12 2016   /  08:42 am

Indonesia has passed the first critical period of the annual forest fire season with a relatively low number of 288 hotspots detected throughout the country last week.

By Saturday, the number of hotspots had decreased to just 35, which the government attributed to the combination of wetter weather and constant patrols by the government’s joint task force.

Satellites from the US National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA), currently operated from Singapore, detected 1,043 hotspots from Jan. 1 to July 9 this year, which is down 51 percent from the number of hotspots recorded over the same period last year.

The companies suspected of being responsible for recent fires are currently being closely monitored, with the government demanding they put out fires in their respective concession areas within three days.

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