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Jakarta Post

More than 1,000 hot spots detected in West Kalimantan

  • Severianus Endi

    The Jakarta Post

Pontianak   /   Thu, August 16, 2018   /   05:20 pm
More than 1,000 hot spots detected in West Kalimantan A cargo boat cruises the Kapuas River clouded by haze from peatland fire in Pontianak, West Kalimantan, on Thursday, Aug. 16. (Antara/Jessica Helena Wuysang)

The National Disaster Mitigation Agency (BNPB) plans to add two more helicopters to be used for water bombing as more than 1,000 hot spots have been detected in the forest area in West Kalimantan emitting haze, which is affecting activities of the residents.

Satellite images recorded 1,061 hot spots divided into 592 medium fires and 469 large fires, spread in a number of locations on Thursday, BNPB spokesman Sutopo Purwo Nugroho said.

He said the agency had deployed four helicopters to support the forest and land fire mitigation efforts in the province for water bombings and patrol.

“We plan to add two more helicopters. We must extinguish the fire as the haze is starting to disrupt people’s activities,” he said in a press statement on Thursday.

Based on Aqua and Terra satellite monitoring, West Kalimantan recorded the most hot spots in the archipelago. There are a total of 1,490 hot spots across the country amid the height of the dry season, according to BNPB data. (rin)