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Jakarta Post

Fires burn down protected forest in West Sumatra

  • Syofiardi Bachyul Jb

    The Jakarta Post

Padang   /   Fri, October 7 2016   /  08:48 am

As many as four hectares of forest have been burnt down in Limapuluh Kota regency, West Sumatra, from forest fires that have ravaged the Lembah Harau conservation park and tourist site since last week.

The forest in the conservation area is under threat as firefighters face rough terrain and soaring cliffs.

The West Sumatra Natural Resource Conservation Agency (BKSDA) said the firefighters were having difficulties and were awaiting further assistance.

BKSDA forest ranger head Zulmi Gusrul said the firefighters had been working hard to contain the fire that had eaten up four hectares of the protected forest, which was used as a tourist site.

The firefighters consist of 100 personnel from the conservation agency, the local disaster mitigation agency, the firefighter unit, the military and the police. With the existing equipment, they could not do much.