Forest, Land Fires Reappear in Riau

Rizal Harahap | 12 January 2017

 

Forest and land fires have begun to threaten Riau again this week following the increasing number of hot spots detected across the province.

Pekanbaru Meteorology Climatology and Geophysics Agency (BMKG) head Sugarin said the hot spots were first detected by Terra and Aqua satellites on Sunday afternoon.

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Indonesia to Fight Against Forest Fires Starting Early This Year

Haeril Halim, Rizal Harahap and Hans Nicholas Jong | 21 January 2017
The Jakarta Post

January is not over yet, but two regencies in Riau province have already declared emergency alert statuses to tackle any potential forest fires, which could get out of control when the weather gets drier in upcoming months.

The decision made by Rokan Hulu regency and Dumai city to raise their alert statuses, which would allow the central government to send aid to the regions, has been lauded by government officials in Jakarta.

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Helicopter Drops 40 Tons of Water to Extinguish Riau Fires

Editor: Heru Purwanto | 05 June 2017

 

“We conducted water bombing 10 times on several hotspots on Sunday,” Maj. Sus Rizwar stated.

Pekanbaru (ANTARA News) – Riau Provinces forest and land fire task force has deployed an MI-8 helicopter to drop 40 tons of water to extinguish forest fires in Kampar District, spokesperson of the Roesmin Nurjadin airbase Maj. Sus Rizwar stated.

“We conducted water bombing 10 times on several hotspots on Sunday,” Rizwar revealed in the provinces capital city, Pekanbaru.

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Indonesia assures ASEAN neighbours a haze-free 2017

VNA 

 

Kuala Lumpur (VNA) – Indonesia has assured that there will be no transboundary haze problems plaguing Southeast Asia’s skyline this year, said Indonesian Environment and Forestry Ministry advisor Arief Yuwono.

Speaking at the 19th Technical Working Group and Sub-Regional Ministerial Steering Committee on Transboundary Haze Pollution in Kuala Lumpur on May 18, he said that the prediction was based on 2016’s record as the year saw almost zero recurrence of haze.

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Forestry Ministry Hopes no Forest Fire This Year

Editor: Heru Purwanto | 16 May 2017

 

“We want to be better than in 2016, when forest and bush fires were reduced up to 20 percent,” Secretary General of KLHK Bambang Hendroyono said.

Jakarta (ANTARA News) – The Ministry of Environment and Forestry (KLHK) said it hopes that this year there would be no forest fire in Indonesia.

Forest fires have left a scene of destruction almost every year in a number of Indonesian regions such as Riau, West Kalimantan and Central Kalimantan.

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Ministry orders expanded forest-fire protection in dry season

By: VNA | 01 March 2017

 

HCM City (VNA) – The Ministry of Agriculture and Rural Development has instructed the People’s Committees of all provinces and cities to increase forest-fire protection and to make it a main task during the dry season.

Temperatures in the first half of the year are expected to be higher than the average of previous years, and rainfall will be 10 or 20 percent lower compared to the average of previous years, according to the National Center for Hydro-meteorological Forecasting and the ministry’s Department of Forest Protection.

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