Indonesia’s raging forest fires, explained

Kharishar Kahfi | 14 August 2019
The Jakarta Post
Indonesia is currently on the brink of another haze crisis as the archipelago is seeing an increase in the number of forest and land fires. According to the Meteorology, Climatology and Geophysics Agency (BMKG), the number of hot spots increased to 2,002 on Aug. 9 from 1,586 on Aug. 7 and 1,025 on Aug. 3. The hot spots were largely detected in the provinces of Riau, West Kalimantan and Central Kalimantan.

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Indonesia steps up response to massive forest fires

JAKARTA, Indonesia — Forest fires burning throughout Indonesia have prompted six provinces to declare a state of emergency and deploy thousands of security forces, a disaster official said Thursday

Firefighting measures included aerial water drops in anticipation of worsening forest fires that each year spread health-damaging haze across much of Southeast Asia, said Agus Wibowo, the National Disaster Mitigation Agency spokesman.

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Indonesia beefs up fire-fighting efforts amid dry season in Kalimantan

 

Indonesia is stepping up efforts to fight spreading forest fires in Central Kalimantan province on Borneo Island that have moved closer to residential areas and public roads.

The dry season is expected to peak soon in the province, prompting the authorities to increase their fire-fighting efforts.

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BNPB to deploy thousands of officers to prevent forest fires

The Jakarta Post | Fri, 05 July 2019

 

The National Disaster Mitigation Agency (BNPB) through institutions such as the Indonesian Military (TNI) and the National Police is expected to deploy thousands of officers to reduce forest fires this year.

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TNI Joins Efforts to Halt Forest Fires in South Sumatra

Editor: WAH, 27 Juni 2019

Jakarta: The Indonesian military will join efforts to halt recurrences of land and forest fires in South Sumatra Province during this year’s dry season by regularly conducting public awareness campaigns in several districts.

The campaigns regarding the importance of taking precautionary measures have been conducted in districts such as Banyuasin and Ogan Komering Ilir, Chief of the 044/Garuda Dempo Military Resort Command, Major Binsar J Simanjuntak, said on Wednesday.

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There’s more to Indonesian fires than drought

13 May 2019

 

The fires that devastated Indonesia in 2015 were chiefly linked to drought, topography and population, researchers have learned. Fires were most likely in flat, sparsely populated areas where there had been little rainfall. Although the connection to rainfall was no surprise, the other influences were unexpected.

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South Sumatra forest fire task force identifies five fire-prone areas

Reporter: Eliswan Azly
Editor: Bambang Purwanto

 

Palembang (ANTARA) – The South Sumatra Forest and Land Fire Task Force have identified five fire-prone areas, the districts of Ogan Ilir, Ogan Komering Ilir, Musi Banyuasin, Muara Enim, and Banyuasin.

In Palembang on Thursday, commander of the South Sumatra Forest and Land Fire Task Force, Col. Arh Sonny Septiono, said that the five regions were their priorities because they had extensive peatlands.

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BMKG Pantau 41 Titik Panas di Natuna (ID) / BMKG Monitor 41 Hotspots in Natuna

 

BATAM (ANTARA), Badan Meteorologi, Klimatologi dan Geofisika memantau 41 titik panas  akibat kebakaran hutan dan lahan (karhutla)  di wilayah Kabupaten Natuna, Kepulauan Riau.

“Dari data hotspot hingga sore hari ini sebaran titik panas masih terpantau 40 titik di wilayah Bunguran Timur dan wilayah Bunguran Barat terpantau 1 titik,” kata Kasi Data dan Informasi BMKG Hang Nadim Batam, Suratman di Batam, Senin.

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PM 2.5 in the West Kalimantan on the 8 – 9 April 2019

By: Robi D. Waldi | 9 April 2019 Source: https://earth.nullschool.net   Based on government regulation of…

Kabut Asap Pekat Kebakaran Lahan Gambut Selimuti Kota Pontianak

Kabut Asap Pekat Kebakaran Lahan Gambut Selimuti Kota Pontianak

| Selasa, 9 April 2019 – 04:12 WIB

PONTIANAK – Kota Pontianak, Kalimantan Barat dan sekitarnya mulai diselimuti asap pekat pada Senin (8/4/2019) malam sekitar pukul 21.00 WIB. Kabut asap itu dipicu kebakaran lahan gambut yang mulai terjadi dalam beberapa hari terakhir.

Dari pantauan SINDOnews, Kota Pontianak mulai berselimut asap pada malam hari dengan jarak pandang di atas 400 meter. Pekatnya kabut asap ini dampak dari pembakaran lahan yang terjadi.

Kabut asap yang melanda Kota Pontianak berapa hari ini semakin menebal. Hal tersebut disebabkan beberapa faktor seperti masih adanya titik api di sekitar Pontianak dan hujan yang tak kunjung datang sejak sepekan terakhir.

“Kabut asap nih bang mulai tebal lagi Pontianak ini lama-lama nanti pasti pekat lagi akibat warga bakar lahan nih. Ini kasihan warga Pontinak hirup udara tidak segar makin betambah lah penyakit nih, apa lagi anak-anak besok kan masuk sekolah pasti berdampak buruk menghirup udara tidak sehat ini,” ujar Hari Pahlawan, salah seorang warga Kota Pontianak.

Hari juga meminta instansi terkait jangan berdiam diri dan segera bertindak mengatasi kabut asap yang menyelimuti Kota Pontianak. “Pontianak memang dapat ekspor asap. Hingga kini kebakaran lahan belum terjadi di kawasan Pontianak. Namun kita tidak boleh lengah, kalau ada kebakaran maka harus cepat ditangani,” ucapnya.

Kebakaran lahan masih berpotensi terjadi di Pontianak, karena itu dia meminta masyarakat waspada. Warga diimbau untuk tidak melakukan pembakaran lahan karena bisa menambah pekat kabut asap.

Kabut asap pekat mulai terjadi di Kota Pontianak seperti di Jalan Ahmad Yani, Pontianak, Kalimantan Barat sekitar pukul 00.00 WIB. Meski sudah adanya imbauan dan ancaman pidana bagi pembakar lahan sepertinya tidak membuat pembakar lahan gentar sehingga tetap meneruskan bencana musiman ini.

Link: https://daerah.sindonews.com/read/1394032/174/kabut-asap-pekat-kebakaran-lahan-gambut-selimuti-kota-pontianak-1554752528