With half the snowpack average, and nowhere near where it was this time last year, lack of snow has public lands and fire officials nervous.
Lake Tahoe snowmobilers are being asked to ride where there is actually snow.
“This winter has been a challenge for all winter recreation users,” said Tahoe Sierra Snowmobiling Club president, Greg McKay. “Snowmobilers should take extra care to minimize resource damage that low snow conditions present when they recreate and should follow Forest Service guidance.”
Snow is in the forecast for Washington’s Birthday, but accumulations are expected to be light, with even the high Sierra only forecast to see around 4 inches.
Snowmobile operators should avoid bare dirt and patchy snow and should not ride across streams or over small trees or brush, according to the U.S. Forest Service Lake Tahoe Basin Management Unit. Operating snowmobiles on too little snow create ruts in the soil and crush vegetation.
The forest fire that has been raging for the last four days in Paro is likely to be contained today, dzongkhag officials say.
Paro’s dzongdag Tenzin Thinley said that the fire is subsiding for now. “It is almost contained and we are hoping it would be contained by today,” he said. “But, we cannot say for sure as it would depend on the wind and weather. Some animals such as yaks have been lost to the fire.”
He said that the fire didn’t reach the fire line that was created as personnel from the Royal Bhutan Police (RBP), the Royal Bhutan Army (RBA), Desuungs, community and volunteers helped douse the fire before it reached the fire-line.
Inggris Kucurkan Rp40 Miliar ke RI-Malaysia, untuk Apa Saja?
By: Ezra Natalyn
Published by: Viva
VIVA – Inggris mendanai proyek baru untuk penanganan kebakaran hutan di Indonesia dan Malaysia dengan nilai 2 juta Poundsterling atau setara dengan Rp40 miliar. Program yang digagas Badan Antariksa Inggris ini disalurkan melalui jalur Program Kemitraan Internasional yaitu untuk mengatasi kebakaran hutan melalui satelit.
Proyek ini disebutkan merupakan salah satu dari 10 proyek baru di dunia yang melibatkan sejumlah organisasi di bidang ruang angkasa dengan total proyek seluruhnya hingga Rp720 miliar.
The UK Space Agency will use satellite imagery and earth observation data to help countries in Asia tackle forest fires, dengue, and illegal fishing, it was announced.
Through its International Partnership Programme, the agency works with governments all over the world to improve disaster response or infectious disease management, for example.
In Indonesia and Malaysia, the agency will use satellites to map dry peat conditions, as forest fires often occur over drained peatland areas. With data on water levels in the peatlands, authorities can make decisions to mitigate the risk of fires.
Another project under the partnership will monitor dengue outbreaks in Vietnam. It will be possible to predict the likelihood of future dengue epidemics by linking earth observation data with climate forecasting and land surface data. The project will also be able to provide dengue forecasts under various climate change scenarios.
A third project will use satellite data to understand the location, time and behavior of specific vessels at sea in the Philippines, in an effort to tackle illegal, unreported and unregulated fishing.
The agency has set aside a total of £11 million (US$15.3 million) for these three projects in particular. It will be funding ten projects altogether, totaling £38 million (US$ 52.9 million). They include an initiative in Colombia to monitor illegal gold mining; a project to help herders in Mongolia to build resilience against extreme weather; and an effort to monitor dam failures in Peru.
Still no action taken on threatening of forest patroller
Phak Seangly | Publication date 09 February 2018 | 10:54 ICT
Forest patrollers and rights groups are questioning why the Oddar Meanchey Forestry Administration has yet to take action after a soldier transporting illegal timber allegedly beat and threatened to kill a patroller last month.
Patroller Loeut Las and Sorng Rukhavorn community forest chief Venerable Bun Saluth say they have filed complaints with local representatives of the rights groups Adhoc and Licadho in hopes of bringing the suspect to court.
“If I were them, I would not keep the complaint like that,” Las said, adding that he believes the delay is due to the influence of the armed forces. “As far as I know, the suspect is not afraid of anything.”
Community forest patrollers say Regiment 424 soldier Moeng Duong hit Las and threatened to set his family on fire last month after being caught allegedly transporting luxury timber. Forestry Administration officials who were at the scene of the confrontation have confirmed the account.
However, when reached yesterday, provincial Forestry Administration Director I’m Savarith said the agency needed more time to investigate.
“It is like trying to catch a cobra,” Savarith said. “If we make a wrong move, the cobra will bite us dead.”
He declined to say when the investigation would end before hanging up.
Regiment 424 commander Sin Pean could not be reached for comment yesterday, but told The Post earlier this week that he had punished and “educated” Duong.
Saluth and Las sent a report to the provincial Forestry Administration shortly after the incident, which took place on January 28. Srey Naren, a provincial coordinator for Adhoc, said he plans to file a complaint with the court next week in hopes that they can spur action.
BANGKOK • Residents of Bangkok, one of the world’s top tourist destinations, were warned yesterday that the city’s air quality had hit dangerous levels, just days after the pollution control agency appealed to residents to wear face masks.
Air pollution in the Thai capital has come under increasing scrutiny in recent weeks, with residents complaining of smog and respiratory problems. Some schools were closed yesterday while others kept children indoors.
Air Quality Index (AQI) formulas usually include up to six main pollutants including PM2.5, PM10, carbon monoxide, sulfur dioxide, nitrogen dioxide and ground-level ozone.
BANGKOK (AP) — A cloud of unhealthy haze has settled across the Thai capital, shrouding the gilded temples and towering skyscrapers that draw millions of tourists to the city each year.
The country’s Pollution Control Department said Thursday that concentrations of tiny particles known as PM 2.5 that are a benchmark measure of air quality were almost double the levels considered safe.
Department officials blamed high humidity for contributing to the haze, while environmentalists cited the capital’s famously traffic-choked streets.
Jakarta (ANTARA News) – Implementation of the ASIAN Games in Indonesia should not be affected by smoke arising from forest and land fires, according to President Joko Widodo.
The 18th Asian Games will be organized from Aug 18 to Sept 2 at the Bung Karno Sports Arena of Jakarta and Jakabaring Sports City of Palembang in South Sumatra Province.
“This year, we host the ASIAN Games in Jakarta and Palembang. I remind you to not let the smoke from forest and land fires arise during the implementation of the event,” Widodo noted during a briefing to participants of the National Coordination Meeting on Forest and Land Fire Control in 2018 at the State Palace in Jakarta on Tuesday.
He pointed out that smoke from forest and land fires will tarnish the image of Indonesia and disrupt flights during the ASIAN Games.
“We have to work hard to ensure that the ASIAN Games run smoothly without any disturbance from forest and land fires,” he stated.
JAKARTA – President Joko Widodo has reminded all Indonesian officials on the need to continue to prevent forest and plantation fires, noting that the leaders of Malaysia and Singapore had praised him for the progress made so far.
The Indonesian leader said he had issued a guarantee of fewer forest fires for this year. (2018).
“In 2015, every time I met with the Singapore and Malaysian prime ministers and they complained to me about the haze,” the president said at a national coordination meeting at Merdeka Palace on forest and plantation fire mitigation on Tuesday (Feb 6).
Liputan6.com, Jakarta – Kementerian Lingkungan Hidup dan Kehutanan (KLHK) telah meningkatkan kesiapsiagaan dalam pengendalian kebakaran hutan dan lahan (karhutla).
Hal ini seiring terpantaunya 22 titik panas yang tersebar di Aceh, Sumatera Barat, Bengkulu, Sulawesi Selatan, Sulawesi Tengah, dan Sulawesi Tenggara melalui Satelit TERRA-AQUA, Sabtu, 3 Februari 2018, malam.
Brigade Pengendalian Kebakaran Hutan dan Lahan (Dalkarhutla) KLHK–Manggala Agni, telah melakukan pemantauan dan pemadaman dini pada lokasi titik panas.
Direktur PKHL KLHK Raffles B. Pandjaitan mengatakan Manggala Agni Daops Malili telah memadamkan api di lahan warga di Desa Ussu, Kecamatan Malili, Kabupaten Luwu Timur, Sulawesi Selatan.