Police Name 87 Suspects of Land, Forest Fires

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  • A forest fire task force tried to extinguish wildfire in Karya Indah village, Kampar District, Riau Province on July 26, 2019. Wildfires have devastated a total of 27,683.47ha in Riau per July 2019, according to data from the National Disaster Mitigation Agency (BNPB). In Indonesia, a total of 42,740.42ha areas were destroyed by forest, bush and peatland fires. ANTARA FOTO/Rony Muharrman

    A forest fire task force tried to extinguish wildfire in Karya Indah village, Kampar District, Riau Province on July 26, 2019. Wildfires have devastated a total of 27,683.47ha in Riau per July 2019, according to data from the National Disaster Mitigation Agency (BNPB). In Indonesia, a total of 42,740.42ha areas were destroyed by forest, bush and peatland fires. ANTARA FOTO/Rony Muharrman

    TEMPO.CO, Jakarta - The National Police Headquarters has named 87 suspects in forest and land fires in six provinces, Central Kalimantan, West Kalimantan, South Kalimantan, Jambi, Riau and South Sumatra.

    The Police Headquarters's chief of Information Bureau, Brig. Gen. Dedi Prasetyo, said the suspects are 86 individuals and one corporation, PT Sumber Sawit Sejahtera (PT SSS).

    "That's 87 suspects in 100 cases of land and forest fires," Dedi said in South Jakarta on Friday, August 16.

    The individual suspects are mostly from Riau, 35 people and West Kalimantan, 30 people.

    The National Police and the TNI have formed a Land and Forest Fire Task Force in coordination with the Regional Disaster Management Agency (BPBD) and the National Disaster Management Agency (BNPB) to map hotspots.

    "We will continue to work to put out the fire," Dedi said.

    Andita Rahma