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Island focus: Fires force closure of hiking trails in C. Java

  • The Jakarta Post

Jakarta   /   Fri, September 14 2018   /  01:17 am

Authorities have closed all hiking trails leading up to the peaks of Mount Sindoro, Mt. Sumbing and Mt. Lawu in Central Java on account of land and forest fires that have ravaged the three areas over the last few days.

Although it has been some time since the fires started, officials have not been able to put out the blazes on Mt. Sindoro and Mt. Sumbing, located on the border of Temanggung and Wonosobo regencies, owing to strong winds, dry weather and challenging terrain.

“The strong winds pose greater danger to these officials,” acting Wonosobo Disaster Mitigation Agency (BPBD) head Prayitno said on Thursday.

Authorities said the fire on Mt. Sumbing had started on Monday in the Kecepit forest resort, which is located in Gelapansari village, Bulu district, Temanggung.

Meanwhile, a fire was reported on Saturday on the nearby Mt. Sindoro. The fire reportedl...