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Water bombing ends days of forest fires in East Java

  • Aman Rochman

    The Jakarta Post

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Malang   /   Tue, August 6, 2019   /  08:08 am
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A helicopter prepared by the West Kalimantan administration is ready to carry out a water bombing operation to anticipate a haze disaster from land and forest fires in the upcoming dry season. (Courtesy of the West Kalimantan Disaster Mitigation Agency/File)

The authorities in East Java have deployed an Mi-8 helicopter with a capacity of 4,000 liters to help deal with the fires at R. Soerja Grand Forest Park on Mount Arjuno that have been going on since July 27. The fires that had spread over some 300 hectares at 3,339 meters above sea level had previously been extinguished manually by a joint team comprising various related institutions. With a water bombing operation lasting four hours from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. local time on Saturday, the chopper that belonged to the National Disaster Mitigation Agency (BNPB) managed to extinguish several fire spots that were difficult to reach manually. “We stopped at 2 p.m. for security reasons because Mt. Arjuno was already foggy,” East Java Disaster Mitigation Agency (BPBD) acting head Suban Wahyudiono said on the phone over the weekend. The areas on fire were located on ...