Wildfire Blazes 6,000ha of Mount Rinjani's Savanna

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  • TEMPO.CO, Mataram Mount Rinjani National Park Agency (TNGR) recorded as of today, October 22, the total burnt areas in the volcano on Lombok Island, NTB, amounted to 6,055.3 hectares. The figure was obtained from the data compilation of the field observation and Sentinel-2 satellite. 

    The TNGR head Dedy Asriady explained that his side had detected new hotspots. “It was located under the summit,” said Dedy on Tuesday, October 22.

    An officer of Sembalun resort reported today at 06:30 Central Indonesian Time (WITA) that the hotspots were discovered near the intersection between Sembalun hiking trail and Bawak Nao (Tangkok Kediri) hiking trail and at the northern of Mount Sangkareang towards Torean forest area.

    According to Dedy, steep terrains and high-speed winds hindered officers to extinguish the fire so that the blaze spread quickly, not to mention the lack of water sources. The smog also reached to the tourism site of Gili Trawangan, 60 kilometers west of Mount Rinjani.

    Referred to TNGR data, vegetation taking the form of savanna, reeds, and dried leaves were flammable. Besides, trees that had fallen due to strong winds and caught fire harmed and hampered officers to put out the wildfire.

    SUPRIYANTHO KHAFID