Thursday, 06 September, 2012 | 21:33 WIB
Bromo Savannah on Fire
TEMPO Interactive, Malang:The savannah near the Bromo Tengger Semeru National Park (TNBTS) has caught on fire. An area of 33 hectares within the Tengger caldera has been damaged for the past two months. Until now, there are hotspots in places within the Probolinggo, Malang, and Lumajang administration.
"The fires were caused by humans," said spokesman for TNBTS Office, Nova Elina, on September 5.
Some residents, when crossing the savannah, sometimes discard cigarette butts carelessly. Shepherds and grass cutters burn the grasses deliberately so they will turn green again during the rainy season. All of these reasons trigger a fire every season. In addition, like grass, shrubs, such as fennel (foeniculum vulgare miller), and reeds catch fire just as easily.
To extinguish the fire, the people and the forest rangers work together to put out the fire with traditional tools such as branches, which they use like a club on the fire.
The TNBTS Office has established three emergency command posts. Each has five officers equipped with firefighting equipment. They are on the alert to anticipate additional fire after-effects. For the benefit of visitors, they put up announcement signs and bans on discarding cigarette butts and starting a bonfire in tourist destination areas, particularly those that are prone to fire. From 2007-2011, there were 61 cases of fire damaging the 1,688-hectare savanna. The regencies are from the Malang administration, Lumajang to Probolinggo. In 2007, 705 hectares were destroyed; in 2008, 250 hectares; and in 2010, 238 hectares.