Friday, 20 July, 2012 | 06:51 WIB
Forest Fires in Jambi
TEMPO Interactive, Jambi:There is an increasing number forest and land fires in Jambi Province. According to Kurnia Ningsih, Forecaster Coordinator at the Meteorology, Climatology, and Geophysical Agency of Jambi, the forest and land fires in this area have so far not disrupted visibility.
"Until now there is no visible presence of smog and air conditions are still normal and do not interfere with visibility yet," he said.
Only, said Kurnia Ningsih, entering the dry season which started at the beginning of June and is expected to last until the end of September 2012, forest fires and land should be minimized. Therefore, there is still a possibility that smog such as in previous years may recur.
Based on NOAA satellite monitoring of record at the Center for Forest Fire Control and Forest Land Service in Jambi Province in late June, the number of hot spots had reached at least 34 points.
The number of hot spots are scattered in several areas: 14 points in Tebo Regency, 6 points in Bungo, 6 points in Merangin, 3 points inBatanghari, 2 points in West Tanjungjabung, 2 points in Muarojambi, and 1 point in the Sarolangun Regency.
In Sumatra, the Jambi Province ranks second after Riau with 143 points; followed by North Sumatra, 25 points; South Sumatra, 21 points; Aceh, 19 points; West Sumatra, 15 points; and the Lampung Province, 3 points.