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Police chiefs to be removed if forest fires persist: Govt

  • Ardila Syakriah

    The Jakarta Post

Jakarta   /   Sat, August 24 2019   /  12:47 am

The government is ramping up efforts to prevent and douse forest and land fires amid close scrutiny from neighboring countries as Indonesia expects the dry season to peak within the next two months.Coordinating Political, Legal and Security Affairs Minister Wiranto said after leading a coordination meeting on forest and land fires on Wednesday that the country had seen an increase in hot spots this month compared to the same period last year, which was partly attributed to the weak El Niño that led to a prolonged dry season spell across the country.“President [Joko ‘Jokowi’ Widodo] has told local administrations not to solely rely on the central government. Regional leaders should take more active roles. We’ve warned that regional police chiefs who aren’t able to handle [forest and land fires] will be removed from their positions,” he said.The Terra and Aqua satellites detec...