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Jakarta Post

Hot spots, fires detected as dry season hits peak

  • Severianus Endi, Apriadi Gunawan and Nurni Sulaiman

    The Jakarta Post

Jakarta   /   Sat, August 11 2018   /  12:29 am

The Environment and Forestry Ministry has warned of a potential increase in hot spots in several regions, including West Kalimantan, where slash-and-burn practices remain “a local tradition”.

The warning came after hot spots were detected in West Kalimantan this month. August is when the dry season is expected to hit its peak.

The ministry’s Manggala Agni Fire Brigade has been preparing for a potential increase in forest fires, with teams stationed in disaster-prone areas across the country.

“August is the month when Manggala Agni and members of the alert team go on patrol to vulnerable areas,” the ministry’s director of forest fire control, Raffles B. Panjaitan, said on Friday in a statement released on its official website.

As the land-clearing period has just started, the West Kalimantan Disaster Mitigation Agency (BPBD) reported that, on Wednes...