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Island focus: Chopper to douse forest fires in W. Sumatra

  • The Jakarta Post

Jakarta   /   Tue, October 11 2016   /  08:39 am

A helicopter that the West Sumatra provincial administration had waited four days for finally arrived on Saturday to extinguish forest fires that had been razing two conservation areas in Limapuluh Kota regency for almost two weeks.

West Sumatra Natural Resources Conservation Agency (BKSDA) Forest Police Unit head Zulmi Gusrul told The Jakarta Post the helicopter, deployed by the Environment and Forestry Ministry, landed in Padang on Saturday afternoon and resumed its journey to Limapuluh Kota.

“Tonight, we will hold a briefing in Limapuluh Kota to start fire extinguishing on Sunday,” he said on Saturday.

Zulmi said the fires have been occurring since Sept. 26 almost simultaneously in two conservation areas under the management of West Sumatra in the regency....