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Forest, land fire threat increases in South Sumatra

  • Yulia¬†Savitri

    The Jakarta Post

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Palembang   /   Mon, July 22, 2019   /  04:26 pm
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South Sumatra forest fire task force members try to put out a peatland fire. (JP/Yulia Savitri)

South Sumatra will experience the peak of the dry season with no rainfall in August, the Meteorology Climatology and Geophysics Agency (BMKG) has predicted, prompting the agency to issue an early warning about an increased risk of forest and land fires in the region. BMKG South Sumatra station head Tri Agus Pramono said early morning haze had been detected in Palembang on July 17, although it had yet to influence visibility. “We have entered the dry season and hot spots have been detected in a number of regions,” Tri said. The provincial Disaster Mitigation Agency’s (BPBD) emergency handling division head Ansori also admitted the increasing threat of forest and land fires and the National Disaster Mitigation Agency (BNPB) had also provided several helicopters for air operations. However, he said that so far the land fires were relatively small so the satellites...