TEMPO.CO, Kupang - The Komodo National Park Office declared the fire in Gili Lawa did not disturb the living habitat of the Komodo dragon.
Head of Komodo National Park Budi Kurniawan said that the fire occurred on forest land in Gili Lawa Darat, which is part of the Komodo National Park in West Manggarai Regency.
"The fire in 10 hectares land does not interfere with the living habitat of Komodo dragon, because the fire was on Gili Lawa, which is a tourist area," Budi said on Friday, August 3, 2018.
The fire occurred on Wednesday night, August 1, 2018. Officers were immediately deployed to extinguish the fire that spread in the savanna. The fire was finally extinguished on the early hours of Thursday, August 2, 2018.
"It is suspected that the fire in Komodo National Park area was caused by cigarette butts left by the irresponsible visitors," Budi said.
Budi also warned visitors not to carelessly throw cigarette butts in the savanna area of Gili Lawa or in other areas in the Komodo National Park.