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Forest fires ravage Indonesia’s regions yet again. The environment and forestry ministry has sealed the properties of 52 companies affected by the fires, some of which were implicated in the major forest fires in 2015. The fires are partly due to wanting peatland restoration efforts. Although warned about the potential for fires since February, the government was late in anticipating the disaster.
Forest and land areas by the hundreds of thousands of hectares in Sumatra and Kalimantan have been consumed by fire.
Both land clearing by burning and the dryness caused by a prolonged drought, are triggering wildfire that has proven difficult to quell. Artificial rain is a way to placate the haze and fire.
Thousands living in the haze of forest fires are suffering from chronic respiratory tract infection. Infants and children are the most vulnerable.
The detection of forest fires still relies on satellite imagery of hotspots. Drones may help.
Massive fires destroy peatlands in Sumatra and Kalimantan, producing thick haze that disrupts residents’ activities. Mitigation efforts are carried out by fire fighting teams from several agencies. Here are some of their stories.