Indonesia swore: No haze this year! It looks like ‘cakap bohong’…

Indonesia is bedevilled by forest fires, which can result in choking smoke blowing across to neighbouring countries like Singapore and Malaysia. It can be an annual affair.

The #Haze is back in Singapore 2016

The Haze: Singapore uses the PSI. It also gives a haze subsidy.

2016. Yes, the #haze has returned. From #Indonesia with love.

6 August 2017

It’s coming, the haze is coming!

Simon Thong added,

JAKARTA – Indonesian satellites on Sunday (Aug 6) morning picked up 282 hot spots – believed to be the highest number across the country this year – as the dry season continues.

The worst hit province was West Kalimantan, where more than half of the hot spots were detected, said National Disaster Management Agency (BNPB) spokesman, Dr Sutopo Purwo Nugroho, as he released the figures yesterday (Aug 6) evening.

Five districts in the province – Kubu Raya, Ketapang, Sekadau, Melawi and Bengkayang – have declared a state of emergency to enable local authorities to access central government support, including military assistance, to put out the fires.

Dr Sutopo also expressed concern that although 150 hot spots were detected across West Kalimantan, the number of fires there may be higher.

“Land and forest fires in West Kalimantan continue despite our continued efforts to suppress them,” he added.

He warned that the number of hot spots is probably higher as the satellites may not have passed over all the forest and land areas where fires could be burning.

Other areas in Indonesia were also hit by forest fires, albeit not as badly as in 2015 when the burning of forest and peatland in Kalimantan and Sumatra produced a transboundary haze, which blanketed the region and led to record air pollution levels for months.

Aside from those in West Kalimantan, the hot spots were spread across other provinces such as South Sumatra (23 hot spots), South Sulawesi (18), Riau (16) and East Nusa Tenggara (12).
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 http://www.straitstimes.com/asia/se-asia/282-hot-spots-detected-across-indonesia-on-sunday

30 July 2017

Malaysia ready to help put out Indonesian forest fires, says minister

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KUALA LUMPUR, July 30 — Malaysia is ready to send firefighters to Indonesia to help put out forest fires in the republic.

Natural Resources and Environment Minister Datuk Seri Wan Junaidi Tuanku Jaafar said the government was seriously concerned about the problem which could cause haze and was ready to provide assistance at any time.

“I have discussed it with Datuk Seri Shahidan Kassim, who is in charge of the Fire Department and the Special Malaysia Disaster Assistance and Rescue Team (SMART) and he has given the  assurance that they are ready at any time,” he told reporters when met at the SMART Tunnel Run 2017 here today.

Recently, Indonesia’s Disaster Mitigation Agency (BNPB) warned of an increase in forest fire threats due the ongoing drought in the country that was expected to worsen, but some hots pots have already been detected in Aceh causing the area to experience haze.

However, the Indonesian Peat Soil Recovery Agency has reportedly given assurance that neighbours like Malaysia and Singapore would not be experiencing haze as it had already taken steps to halt forest fires.

Following his meeting with governors of Riau and Jambi, Wan Junaidi said he was planning to meet with the governor of Acheh next, to discuss the matter.
Read more at http://www.themalaymailonline.com/malaysia/article/malaysia-ready-to-help-put-out-indonesian-forest-fires-says-minister#4tuvLY5vA0gf2RfH.99

27 July 2017

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Indonesian forest fires: 5 provinces declare state of emergency
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JAKARTA: Five Indonesian provinces have declared states of emergency as peatlands burn in Aceh and the risk of fires spreading elsewhere increases during the annual dry season, an official said Wednesday.

National Disaster Mitigation Agency spokesman Sutopo Purwo Nugroho said 18 helicopters have been deployed to help extinguish fires in Sumatra and Kalimantan.

Satellite images show that the number of fires increased from 150 on Sunday to 179 on Tuesday, he said.

Nugroho said the provinces of Riau, Jambi, South Sumatra, West Kalimantan and South Kalimantan have declared emergencies in anticipation of a worsening of the fires and to mitigate the choking smoke that peatlands generate when burned.

A state of emergency was earlier declared in West Aceh district, where fires on peatland expanded over 70 hectares within a week.

https://www.nst.com.my/world/2017/07/261183/indonesian-forest-fires-5-provinces-declare-state-emergency

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Thick shrouds parts of Aceh. Our analysis shows most fires are on peatland & even a carelessly spark can start a fire.

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Wan Junaidi: Indonesia assures there will be no repeat of 2015 haze
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PUTRAJAYA: Amid reports of developing forest fires in Sumatra, Malaysia said it will hold on to Indonesia’s assurance that there will be no repeat of the 2015 haze crisis.

Natural Resources and Environment Minister Datuk Seri Dr Wan Junaidi Tuanku Jaafar has expressed confidence in the measures taken by the Indonesian government to combat forest fires in the aftermath of the 2015 incident.

“During meetings with my Indonesian counterparts, including a recent one in Singapore this April, I received assurances that there would not be a repeat of the 2015 haze situation, which badly affected Malaysia and Singapore.

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Read more at http://www.thestar.com.my/news/nation/2017/07/26/wan-junaidi-indonesia-assures-there-will-be-no-repeat-of-2015-haze/#qrE1gXF0xVf9SUhB.99

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4h4 hours ago

Dozens hospitalised in Indonesia as thick haze spreads

25 July 2017

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Indonesia’s disaster agency says forest fire threat to escalate

July 25, 2017

The fires in Aceh started on Tuesday last week and authorities are still trying to extinguish them in some areas.
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JAKARTA: Indonesia’s disaster mitigation agency (BNPB) has warned of an escalating threat of forest fires with the dry season expected to peak in coming months, while hot spots detected in the province of Aceh have already been causing choking smoke.

Fires had spread to around 64 hectares (158 acres) of fields and forests in Aceh, a northern province on the island of Sumatra, producing haze and some residents had been taken to hospital due to breathing problem, the agency said on Tuesday.

“The peak of the dry season is predicted to be in August and September, so the threat of forest and field fires, and drought will escalate,” Sutopo Purwo Nugroho, a spokesman for BNPB said in a statement.

The fires in Aceh started on Tuesday last week and authorities are still trying to extinguish them in some areas.

Meanwhile, a satellite image showed 170 hot spots across Indonesia as of Monday evening, Nugroho said.

http://www.freemalaysiatoday.com/category/world/2017/07/25/indonesias-disaster-agency-says-forest-fire-threat-to-escalate/

24 July 2017

How Germany Is Helping To Prevent Forest Fires In Indonesia:

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21 July 2017

Sara Schonhardt Retweeted Sutopo Purwo Nugroho

Despite all the talk of curbing Indonesia‘s forest fires … they’re back … Easier said than done.
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Asap terus membumbung akibat kebakaran hutan dan lahan di Arisan Jaya Ogan Ilir Sumsel.

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16 July 2017

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JAKARTA, NETRALNEWS.COM – The Ministry of Environment and Forestry says it continues striving to enforce the law for perpetrators of environmental crimes. One of them is the perpetrator of forest fire at the location of Jatim Jaya Perkasa (JPP) plantation, in which the company was recently deemed guilty by the court.

“Investigators from the Ministry of Environment and Forestry do not hesitate to crack down on the perpetrators of environment and Forestry crimes, and the constitutional rights of people to get a good and healthy environment,” said Siti Nurbaya Bakar, Minister of Environment and Forestry through the ministry’s twitter, @KementerianLHK, on Sunday (7/16).

http://www.en.netralnews.com/news/currentnews/read/8235/forestry.minister.corporations.behind.forest.fires

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