Forest Fires Still Persist in Siak and Meranti

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  • Forest fire monitoring command center at the Ministry of Environment and Forestry, Manggala Wanabakti, Jakarta, September 22, 2015. TEMPO/Aditia Noviansyah

    Forest fire monitoring command center at the Ministry of Environment and Forestry, Manggala Wanabakti, Jakarta, September 22, 2015. TEMPO/Aditia Noviansyah

    TEMPO.CO, Pekanbaru - Tera and Aqua satellites are monitoring five hot spots as the signs of forest and land fires in Riau.

    “Hot spots were observed at 4 o’clock,” Head of Pekanbaru Metorology, Climatology, and Geophysics Agency (BMKG) Sugarin said on Saturday (15/10).

    Sugarin mentioned that hot spots were observed in Pelalawan, Meranti, Siak, Downstream Rokan, and Upstream Indragiri, one in each area.

    Out of the detected five spots, two hot spots are confirmed to have a raging fire, which are in Siak and Meranti.

    The fire swept about 50 hectares of fire and land in Telesung and Tanjung Kedabu villages in Meranti.

    Despite the burning flame, Sugarin went on to forecast that light to moderate rain with lightning and strong wind will set in across Riau.

    "The temperature will reach up to 32-34 degree Celsius," He noted.

    Joint efforts to put down the fires involve Regional Disaster and Mitigation Agency (BPPD), the Military, and Police Department.

    The Air Force also takes part by providing two waterbombing helicopters Sikorsky and MI-8.

    RIYAN NOFITRA