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Forest Fires, 24 Hot Spots Observed in West Kalimantan

Forest and land fires continue to occur despite continuous attempts of extinguishing.

JAKARTA, NETRALNEWS.COM - Land and forest fires (karhutla) was observed to have increased particularly in West Kalimantan with 24 hot spots observed by NOAA satellite on Wednesday (9/20/2017) at 20 pm.

Director of Land and Forest Fire Control of Directorate General of Climate Change Raffles B. Pandjaitan, in Jakarta, Thursday (9/21), said the rise in hot spots in West Kalimantan can be caused of land clearing is done at the same time, although there are limitations in implementation.

The hot spots in West Kalimantan were observed quite high based on the TERRA AQUA satellite (NASA)'s confidence level of approximately by 80 percent, i.e., as many as 12 points from the total 22 hot spots observed. While the total of 62 hot spots monitored by TERRA AQUA satellite (LAPAN) has a confidence level of approximately 80 percent, 46 of which are in the province.

The other hot spots are located in Bangka Belitung, West Java, East Java, Central Kalimantan, South Kalimantan, East Kalimantan and South Sumatra.

Meanwhile, based Prediction of Fire Danger Rating System (SPBK) on September 21, 2017, generally provinces in Sumatra, Kalimantan, Java, Sulawesi, Nusa Tenggara, and Papua, are in a condition of highly flammable.

"This SPBK prediction information should be a concern in order to anticipate the potential of forest and land fires especially in these areas," Raffles said. (*)