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Police name 100 suspects in forest fires The Riau provincial police have named 100 people as suspects in alleged forest and plantation fire cases in the provinces several districts and cities. "The number increases from 90 suspects previously," Riau Police Chief Brigadier General Condro Kirono informed ANTARA here on Thursday.

Posted in Forest fires @ 27 March 2014 22:02 CET by Blog Bot · permalink · 0 reactions


Task force seizes 450 tons of wood from biosphere reserve The Riau haze mitigation task force has seized more than 450 tons of illegal wood during a crackdown on encroachers at the Giam Siak Kecil-Bukit Batu biosphere reserve in Riau province.

Posted in Forest fires @ 26 March 2014 13:53 CET by Blog Bot · permalink · 0 reactions


Task force extinguish forest fires in Riau The haze disaster mitigation task force has claimed that they have successfully extinguished 173 hot spots that burned 19.766 hectares of land in Riau province between the February end and mid-March.

Posted in Forest fires @ 20 March 2014 12:26 CET by Blog Bot · permalink · 0 reactions


President calls for heavier punishment for arsonists President Susilo Bambang Yudhoyono has called for heavier punishment for those who deliberately lit fires in forest, plantation and peat-soil areas. "The president has emphasized the importance of strict and indiscriminate legal enforcement. Light punishment for forest arson must be evaluated," the president tweeted on his account @SBYudhoyono on Monday.

Posted in Forest fires @ 17 March 2014 12:06 CET by Blog Bot · permalink · 0 reactions


President Yudhoyono encourages fire fighters in Riau President Susilo Bambang Yudhoyono met with fire fighters in Riau here on Saturday in a bid to boost morale as they continue fighting forest and land fires that have caused haze to spread throughout the region.

Posted in Forest fires @ 15 March 2014 19:46 CET by Blog Bot · permalink · 0 reactions






Haze disrupts oil palm production in Riau Haze from the ongoing forest fires in the Riau province had disrupted the harvest of oil palm fruits, a local farmer Rohim, 57 years old, said here on Friday. "The thick haze makes it hard for farmers to see the palm fruits that are ready to be harvested," Rohim noted.

Posted in Forest fires @ 14 March 2014 16:30 CET by Blog Bot · permalink · 0 reactions


Minister expects immediate haze pollution ratification Environmental Affairs Minister Baltasar Kambuaya has expressed hope that the trans boundary haze pollution agreement will soon be ratified to handle the haze pollution from forest fires.

Posted in Forest fires @ 13 March 2014 11:40 CET by Blog Bot · permalink · 0 reactions


Police hunting down four suspects in Riau`s land fires Police are hunting down four people suspected of setting fire to forested land in Riau province. "The four people who are now put on the polices wanted list are investors and sellers of conservation areas," Chief of the Riau Provincial Police Brig. Gen. Condro Kirono said here on Friday.

Posted in Forest fires @ 07 March 2014 11:50 CET by Blog Bot · permalink · 0 reactions


Victims due to haze to receive compensation The Ministry of Social Affairs will provide compensation for a haze victim who died in Riau province, according to National Disaster Mitigation Agency (BNPB) Head Syamsul Maarif. "The amount of the compensation will be decided later, after holding coordination discussions with the local government," the BNPB chairman said here on Thursday.

Posted in Forest fires @ 07 March 2014 09:35 CET by Blog Bot · permalink · 0 reactions


Official: 'Haze-affected people in Padang to get free masks' The Padang city health department in West Sumatra will soon distribute free masks to the local people if haze covering the city continues to thicken, a local government official said.

Posted in Forest fires @ 28 February 2014 20:24 CET by Blog Bot · permalink · 0 reactions






Almost all Sumatran forest fires deliberately set Chief of the National Disaster Mitigation Agency (BNPB) Syamsur Maarif stated that around 99 percent of forest and plantation fires in Sumatra and Kalimantan were deliberately set.

Posted in Forest fires @ 28 February 2014 16:24 CET by Blog Bot · permalink · 0 reactions


Riau forst fire hot spot multiplied 150 times forest fire hot spots in Riau have multiplied 150 times, from 64 on Sunday (Feb. 23) to 1,234 on Monday, across eight districts and cities, as detected by Terra and Aqua Satellites, BMKG stated.

Posted in Forest fires @ 24 February 2014 13:22 CET by Blog Bot · permalink · 0 reactions


Satellite detects 81 hotspots in Riau The Terra and Aqua satellite detected 81 hotspots of forest, plantation and peat land fires in Riau Province on Monday afternoon.

Posted in Forest fires @ 18 February 2014 10:09 CET by Blog Bot · permalink · 0 reactions


Thick haze in Riau disturbs air transportation Planes heading to Sultan Syarif Kasim international airport, Pekanbaru, Riau province, are forced to circle around before landing due to decreasing visibility, a result of ongoing forest fire in the area, an official stated.

Posted in Forest fires @ 12 February 2014 14:46 CET by Blog Bot · permalink · 0 reactions


Police detain Malaysian for starting forest fire in Riau The Riau province police announced here on Saturday that they had detained a Malaysian national who is being investigated for his alleged involvement in starting a forest fire in Riau earlier this year.

Posted in Forest fires @ 14 December 2013 15:52 CET by Blog Bot · permalink · 0 reactions






West Aceh shrouded in smoke after peatland fire West Aceh District of Aceh Province is shrouded in smoke after peatlands in the region caught fire due to illegal land clearing by burning. Head of Emergency Department of West Aceh Regional Disaster Mitigation Agency Dedek Risman said in Meulaboh on Monday that the agency does not have sufficient tools to extinguish the fire.

Posted in Forest fires @ 23 September 2013 17:23 CET by Blog Bot · permalink · 0 reactions


Haze forces temporary closure of schools in Pekanbaru The Pekanbaru education office has temporary closed kindergartens and elementary schools partly in the city, which have been hit by haze.

Posted in Forest fires @ 29 August 2013 14:08 CET by Blog Bot · permalink · 0 reactions


Sumatra haze might affect Malaysia due to wind direction Haze from land-clearance fires in Riau Province, Sumatra Island, might affect Malaysia, with the wind blowing toward the neighboring country, said a weather analyst.

Posted in Forest fires @ 27 August 2013 15:04 CET by Blog Bot · permalink · 0 reactions


297 hotspots for forest fires detected in Riau The Terra and Aqua satellite has detected 297 hotspots for forest fires throughout the Riau Province, according to the Pekanbaru meteorological, climatology, and geophysics station (BMKG).

Posted in Forest fires @ 27 August 2013 13:56 CET by Blog Bot · permalink · 0 reactions


Nine choppers readied to put out land fires The National Disaster Mitigation Body (BNPB) has again readied nine helicopters to put out land and forest fires in Riau province.

Posted in Forest fires @ 24 July 2013 21:53 CET by Blog Bot · permalink · 0 reactions


Three flights from Dumai cancelled due to haze Three flights from Dumai city are cancelled due to low visibility following haze that is still happening in the area, chief of Dumai airport`s authority, Catur Hargowo, said here on Monday.

Posted in Forest fires @ 01 July 2013 17:28 CET by Blog Bot · permalink · 0 reactions


Haze raises respiratory disease sufferers by 20 pct The Health Monitoring Office (KKP) of Pekanbaru`s Port recorded increase in respiratory disease by 20 percent as a result of haze that hit Riau Province. The institution found the total increase when they conducted an integrated data collection and evaluation program (surveillance) of the illness type caused land fire`s haze.

Posted in Forest fires @ 30 June 2013 20:20 CET by Blog Bot · permalink · 0 reactions


Take firm action against forest fire perpetrators The Indonesian Forum for Environment (Walhi) has asked the government to take the firmest possible action against forest and land fires perpetrators.

Posted in Forest fires @ 25 June 2013 15:36 CET by Blog Bot · permalink · 0 reactions


Number of Sumatra's fire hot spots increases to 227 The number of hot spots from forest and plantation fires across Sumatra increased from 118 to 227 on Sunday.

Posted in Forest fires @ 24 June 2013 12:44 CET by Blog Bot · permalink · 0 reactions


Number of Sumatra`s fire hot spots drops significantly The NOAA satellite detected 21 hot spots from forest, plantation and peatland fires across Sumatra, including 13 in Riau Province, on Friday. "The number is much less than on the previous days," Tri Puryanti, an analyst of Pekanbaru meteorological, climatology and geophysics agency (BMKG), said here on Saturday.

Posted in Forest fires @ 22 June 2013 14:48 CET by Blog Bot · permalink · 0 reactions


Forestry Minister in Riau to inspect forest fire control Forestry Minister Zulkifli Hasan led a coordinating meeting on forest and plantation fire control here on Saturday. A number of personnel from forest fire brigade "Manggala Agni", military, police and forest rangers were present in the event.

Posted in Forest fires @ 22 June 2013 14:43 CET by Blog Bot · permalink · 0 reactions


Foreign firms allegedly involved in Riau forest fires Environment Minister Balthasar Kambuaya has alleged that a number of foreign firms are involved in the current forest and woodland fires in Riau province. "It seems that (the fires) also involved foreign firms," he said in the State Palace compounds in Jakarta on Friday.

Posted in Forest fires @ 22 June 2013 14:41 CET by Blog Bot · permalink · 0 reactions


President orders ministries to put out forest fires President Susilo Bambang Yudhoyono ordered all ministries and relevant institutions to put out forest fires in Sumatra in one month. "The President has given us directives that hotspots and haze in Sumatra should be overcome immediately," Chief Economic Minister Hatta Rajasa told a press conference after a cabinet ministers` plenary meeting here on Thursday.

Posted in Forest fires @ 20 June 2013 23:06 CET by Blog Bot · permalink · 0 reactions


Batam, Singapore shrouded in haze coming from Sumatra`s fires Thick smog haze has covered Batam and Singapore on Thursday, significantly reducing the visibility and causing eye irritation. The three-hour Pollutant Standards Index (PSI) reading spiked to 321 in Singapore, Simon D.I. Soekarno of the Indonesian embassy in Singapore told Antara on Thursday.

Posted in Forest fires @ 20 June 2013 14:46 CET by Blog Bot · permalink · 0 reactions


BNPB sets aside Rp25 billion to battle forest fires The National Disaster Mitigation Agency (BNPB) has set aside Rp25 billion (around 2.5 million US Dollar) to make artificial rain over forest fires in Riau Province to battle haze looming over the region and neighboring countries.

Posted in Forest fires @ 20 June 2013 13:42 CET by Blog Bot · permalink · 0 reactions


Dumai airport cancels two flights due to haze Dumai city`s airport in Riau province cancels two flights here on Wednesday due to thick haze from the forest fire that hit the area, the airport management`s spokesman, Catur Hargowo, said.

Posted in Forest fires @ 19 June 2013 12:19 CET by Blog Bot · permalink · 0 reactions


Haze from forest fire affects respiratory health Haze from forest fire in Sumatra has increased the number of respiratory problem cases in Dumai, Riau Province, over the past few weeks, a local office said. In the early June 2013, the number of respiratory problems was 351 cases and increased to 393 cases now, Marjoko Santoso, the head of the Dumai health office, said here on Monday.

Posted in Forest fires @ 17 June 2013 18:01 CET by Blog Bot · permalink · 0 reactions


Wildfire rages on Mount Agung slopes A forest fire is burning on the northern slopes of Bali’s sacred Mount Agung volcano - near the villages of Ban, Munting and Kubu, approximately 50 kilometers from the City of Amlapura.

Posted in Forest fires @ 04 September 2012 02:50 CET by Jeroen · permalink · 0 reactions


BMKG detects drop in number of hot spots in W. Sumatra The Ketaping Meteorology, Climatology and Geophysics Agency (BMKG) in West Sumatra said that in the last week there had been a drop in the number of hot spots in the area monitored by the satellite.

Posted in Forest fires @ 27 March 2012 05:42 CET by Blog Bot · permalink · 0 reactions


Thick smog over Riau because of forest fires Forest fires once again burn forests in Riau province in southern Sumatra. Almost the entire provice is now covered in a curtain of smog. The Meteorologica, Climatological and Geophysics Agency BMKG in the city of Pekanbaru has said that the most recent sattelite images show at least 50 hot spots in southern Sumatra alone.

Posted in Forest fires @ 12 February 2011 04:52 CET by Jeroen · permalink · 0 reactions


Smoke covers city of Palembang Smoke from forest fires in the region have once again covered the city of Palembang in South Sumatra. Activity on the Musi river has been slowed by the smoke. The smoke originates from forest fires which occur in forests around the Musi river itself and cause visibility to drop to some 200 meters.

Posted in Forest fires @ 14 September 2009 02:20 CET by Jeroen · permalink · 0 reactions


Smoke affects South Sumatra and Kalimantan regions A thick smoke, caused by forest fires, covers Palangkaraya in Central Kalimantan and is getting even thicker now. The visibility in some areas of the city is less than 50 meters. Residents of Palangkaraya hope for any rain to come soon, some even held an exceptional istisqo prayer, in which one asks for rain.

Posted in Forest fires @ 09 September 2009 12:49 CET by Jeroen · permalink · 0 reactions


Riau governor asks to pray for rain Forest fires are once more disturbing the normal way of life for many people in Riau province on the island of Sumatra. Forest fires, lit by people to clear land for agriculture or by people who want to hide that they actually stole wood from the forest, are causing a dense haze over the area which even reaches as far as peninsular Malaysia.

Posted in Forest fires @ 09 August 2009 04:32 CET by Jeroen · permalink · 0 reactions


Malaysia ready to help Indonesia douse forest fires Malaysia is ready to help Indonesia put out its raging forest and open fires, the wind-blown smoke of which has caused a haze in some parts of Malaysia and reduced visibility and air quality. Prime Minister Datuk Seri Najib Tun Razak made the offer of assistance when asked whether Malaysia was prepared to help out, especially to extinguish the fires in Sumatra.

Posted in Forest fires @ 15 June 2009 11:52 CET by Jeroen · permalink · 0 reactions


Smoke from forest fires threathen Medan flights Smoke from forest fires starts to cause problems for flights from and to the airport of Medan, Polonia. Normally there is a sight of around six kilometers, but this has now dropped to only three. Strong winds from the forest fires in the direction of the airport and rainfall have caused thickening smoke around the airport.

Posted in Forest fires @ 28 May 2009 15:03 CET by Jeroen · permalink · 0 reactions


Indonesia rents helicopters to douse haze fires Indonesia has rented two helicopters to cope with the returning forest fires which cause a haze over the region regularly. "The government has brought in two helicopters to overcome the forest fires," said Malem Sambet Kaban, forestry minister. He said that the two rented helicopters, Russian Kamov Ka-32A helicopters rented from South Korea, will be used in West and Central Kalimantan, the two provinces that were most affected.

Posted in Forest fires @ 26 September 2007 17:50 CET by Jeroen · permalink · 0 reactions


Firefighters battle forest fires on Sumatra Firefighters battle dozens of land-clearing forest fires on the island of Sumatra, officials told, as thick clouds of haze spread across parts of the region. Donny Osmon, head of a local firefighter agency, said that farmers and agricultural companies began setting the fires last Sunday, at the start of the dry season, to clear brush and peat lands for use as agricultural estate.

Posted in Forest fires @ 19 July 2007 09:57 CET by Jeroen · permalink · 0 reactions


Annual haze disrupts flights in Indonesia Smoke from land-clearing forest fires disrupts flights serving the Indonesian part of Borneo as the country enters the dry season, according to a local official on Sunday. The haze covered the city of Pontianak in the western part of the island for the last two days, delaying flights on Sunday morning because of the reduced visibility, reported local airport chief Syamsul Bachrie.

Posted in Forest fires @ 15 July 2007 16:21 CET by Jeroen · permalink · 0 reactions


Funds for handling forest fires reach Rp300 bln Collected funds from different institutions to be used to avert and overcome forest fires amounted to 300 billion Rupiah (24.8 million euro) for this year, according to Forestry Minister M.S. Kaban. The minister told that the funds were collected from the Office of the Coordinating Minister for People' s Welfare (100 billion Rupiah), the Forestry Ministry (66 billion Rupiah), while the rest found it's origins from provincial administrations. "Each province of the seven participating provinces provides Rp10 billion," the minister said.

Posted in Forest fires @ 17 June 2007 14:33 CET by Jeroen · permalink · 0 reactions


Satellite tracks wildfire plumes in Indonesia Scientists in the United States have linked the extreme weather caused by El Nino to the widespread wildfires in Indonesia. "Droughts over Indonesia are often brought on by a shift in the atmospheric circulation over the tropical Pacific associated with El Nino conditions," said David Edwards, of the National Center for Atmospheric Research in Boulder, Colorado. "Although the current El Nino is rather weak compared to that of 1997-98, we have found dramatic increases in wildfire activity and corresponding pollution."

Posted in Forest fires @ 03 March 2007 04:38 CET by Jeroen · permalink · 0 reactions


Indonesia says forest fires almost gone Indonesia said on Thursday 90 percent of forest and brush fires that have produced thick smoke blanketing much of Southeast Asia have died out as regional officials met to discuss plans to tackle the annual hazard. The smoke, known in the region as haze, has affected much of Southeast Asia for months, triggering fears of a repeat of the choking situation that hit the region in 1997-98.

Posted in Forest fires @ 03 November 2006 03:33 CET by Jeroen · permalink · 0 reactions


Indonesia haze back over Singapore A shift in wind direction brought the haze from Indonesia's land-clearing fires back to Singapore on Tuesday after an earlier clean air reprieve. The Pollution Standards Index (PSI) moved out of the healthy range to 57 and remained within the moderate category. Singaporeans have been out in force since last Wednesday, when heavy showers cleared the air of the weeks of haze that triggered warnings from environmental officials to stay indoors and in air conditioned rooms.

Posted in Forest fires @ 31 October 2006 13:46 CET by Jeroen · permalink · 0 reactions


Russia sends 2 amphibious planes for fighting fire Two Beriyev Be-200 amphibious planes of the Russian Emergency Situations Ministry have left from Khabarovsk for Indonesia for putting down forest fires. Their mission will last for over a month. According to updated reports, 27 million hectares of forests are on fire in Indonesia, while haze has spread onto over 550,000 square kilometers, the press service of the ministry’s Far Eastern regional center said on Sunday.

Posted in Forest fires @ 30 October 2006 02:35 CET by Jeroen · permalink · 0 reactions


Rain clears haze in SE Asia, Indonesia airports open Airports closed by low visibility have reopened in Indonesia and the air is cleaner over Singapore and Kuala Lumpur after rain doused forest fires spreading haze across the region, officials said on Friday. It was not immediately clear however if the improvement was temporary or whether the haze could return after a few days.

Posted in Forest fires @ 27 October 2006 10:38 CET by Jeroen · permalink · 0 reactions


Haze from forest fires paralyses Indonesia airports Thick smoke from forest fires in Indonesia has shut airports and slashed visibility to below 100 metres (330 ft) -- and there is no respite in sight, officials said on Wednesday. The fires have been raging for weeks, spreading smoke across much of Southeast Asia and triggering fears of a repeat of the environmental disaster in 1997-98 when dry conditions linked to the El Nino weather pattern caused a choking haze that cost the region billions of dollars in economic losses.

Posted in Forest fires @ 18 October 2006 12:04 CET by Jeroen · permalink · 0 reactions


Indonesia apologizes to its neighbors for smoke haze Indonesian President Susilo Bambang Yudhoyono has apologized for the smoke haze that has choked parts of neighboring Malaysia and Singapore, and agreed to hold a regional meeting to tackle forest fires in the country. "Under the name of the Indonesian government, I should apologize to the neighboring countries over this incident,'' Yudhoyono told reporters in Jakarta today. "Clearly, it's not something we want.''

Posted in Forest fires @ 12 October 2006 04:25 CET by Jeroen · permalink · 0 reactions


Rains bring relief to some areas in haze-shrouded Indonesia Heavy rains brought relief to some areas of Indonesia shrouded in smoke by land-clearing fires, but blazes elsewhere Monday delayed flights and brought misery to residents. Skies were clear across parts of central Sumatra and west Kalimantan provinces on Borneo island, locals said. "Finally God has sent us rain to clear the haze," said Sadikin, a resident in Pontianak, the largest city in west Kalimantan.

Posted in Forest fires @ 09 October 2006 07:22 CET by Jeroen · permalink · 0 reactions


Malaysia urges Indonesia to ratify cross-border haze pact Malaysia urged Indonesia to quickly ratify an agreement that would facilitate a regional response to smokey haze in Southeast Asia caused by brush fires on the sprawling archipelago, a news report said Sunday. Indonesia is the only country among the 10 member-Association of Southeast Asian Nations that hasn't ratified the ASEAN Agreement on Transboundary Haze Pollution, which the grouping approved in 2002.

Posted in Forest fires @ 08 October 2006 13:59 CET by Jeroen · permalink · 0 reactions


Air quality in Singapore improves after PSI hit high of 150 Singaporeans woke up to clearer skies on Sunday morning after a hazy Saturday. Air quality in Singapore on Saturday moved into the "unhealthy" range for the first time this year. The 3-hour Pollutant Standards Index (PSI) hit 150 at 9pm, the highest this year. But it later eased to 136 at 12 midnight and on Sunday morning, the PSI dropped further to 57 at 7am. The highest 3-hour average PSI reading recorded was in September 1997 when it hit 226.

Posted in Forest fires @ 08 October 2006 03:54 CET by Jeroen · permalink · 0 reactions


Haze brings misery, health problems in Indonesia Thick smoke from bush and forest fires in Indonesia has forced schools to close and brought misery to residents, officials said on Friday, with no sign of firefighters in one hard-hit area. A vast blanket of smoke, or haze as it is known locally, occurs every year in Indonesia, angering neighbours Singapore and Malaysia who have long demanded Jakarta do more to stop the dry-season fires being lit by farmers and big companies.

Posted in Forest fires @ 06 October 2006 14:31 CET by Jeroen · permalink · 0 reactions


Indonesia haze worsens, airplanes warned Indonesia on Wednesday urged airports in areas shrouded by thick smoke from forest fires caused by deforestation to close if conditions made landings’ hazardous, after a jet with more than 100 on board skidded off a runway in Borneo. The passenger jet operated by Mandala Airlines skidded off the runway upon landing amid thick haze in Indonesia’s East Kalimantan province on Tuesday as fires spread choking haze to neighboring Brunei, Malaysia and Singapore.

Posted in Forest fires @ 05 October 2006 03:37 CET by Jeroen · permalink · 0 reactions


Illegal forest fires blanket Indonesia and neighbors Smoke and ash from land-clearing fires in Indonesia blanketed a large swath of Indonesia's west Monday, sending air quality levels plummeting there and in neighboring Singapore and Malaysia. The smoke was shrouding an estimated 556,000 square kilometers of land on Sumatra and across Indonesian Borneo.

Posted in Forest fires @ 03 October 2006 03:54 CET by Jeroen · permalink · 0 reactions


Thick smog in Jambi province uncontrollable Jambi deputy governor Antony Zeidra Abidin held an impromptu meeting Sunday with a number of head of agencies and related authorities under his administration to deal with the increasingly thickening fog over Jambi, caused by forest and oil palm plantation fire. Antony, in charge of the Jambi province forest fire control and eradication team, held the emergency meeting after inspecting the fire raging in the oil palm estates in Arang-Arang on Saturday, according to a report by the Indonesian news agency, Antara.

Posted in Forest fires @ 02 October 2006 07:55 CET by Jeroen · permalink · 0 reactions


Government hunting down haze culprits Indonesian law enforcers are making arrests and quizzing plantation companies suspected to be responsible for forest fires in several parts of the country following complaints at home and abroad over the perils of the annual haze. According to Indonesian news agency, ANTARA, police have arrested 20 people in Sumatra's Riau province and will quiz at least six plantation firms in Kalimantan.

Posted in Forest fires @ 28 August 2006 14:25 CET by Jeroen · permalink · 1 reaction


Indonesia to drop water bombs to douse forest fires Indonesia will drop water bombs and try to induce rain via cloud seeding next week in a bid to douse forest fires blanketing parts of Southeast Asia with choking smoke, officials said on Friday. Welfare Minister Aburizal Bakrie said water bombs, each containing between 1,000 and 3,000 litres, would be dropped from military cargo planes in fire-ravaged areas on Sumatra and Borneo islands.

Posted in Forest fires @ 25 August 2006 16:15 CET by Jeroen · permalink · 0 reactions


Indonesia battles hundreds of forest fires Firefighters battled hundreds of forest fires on the Indonesian island of Borneo Friday, as haze blanketed at least two cities in the region, officials said. "There are fires burning all over farmers' land," said Yohannes Sudarto, a forestry ministry official coordinating firefighting efforts in Central Kalimantan, a province on Borneo island. He said that 45 firefighters were trying to put out the fires, but were struggling because in many places they had no access to water.

Posted in Forest fires @ 18 August 2006 13:47 CET by Jeroen · permalink · 0 reactions


Fire smoke blankets city on Sumatra Smoke from raging ground and forest fires has blanketed Pekanbaru, the capital of Riau province on Indonesia's Sumatra island, local meteorology and airport officials said on Friday. Marzuki, an offcial of the meteorology agency, said that the visibility had decreased to the range of 6 to 7 kilometers. The normal is from five to ten kilometers. "This morning the visibility was extremely down to between 30 meters to 50 meters," Marzuki told Xinhua by telephone.

Posted in Forest fires @ 29 July 2006 05:50 CET by Jeroen · permalink · 0 reactions


Indonesia chokes on smoke from 1,100 forest fires More than 1,100 forest fires burning in central Indonesia have enveloped the region in a choking haze that's reduced air quality and delayed flights, officials said yesterday. Bush fires have sent smoke billowing over large parts of Indonesia's Sumatra and Kalimantan islands in recent months, and the cloud has also spread to neighboring Malaysia.

Posted in Forest fires @ 05 September 2004 00:02 CET by Jeroen · permalink · 0 reactions


Smoky haze blankets parts of Indonesia, delaying flights Smoky haze from forest and brush fires blanketed parts of the Indonesian islands of Borneo and Sumatra Saturday, disrupting flights in western Borneo island, officials said. At least five flights in Pontianak city in West Kalimantan province were delayed early Saturday by smoke from fires lit to clear new plantation land, said Kosasi Munir, the city's airport operational chief. Morning visibility was only at 50 to 300 metres (165 to 990 feet), Munir said.

Posted in Forest fires @ 21 August 2004 00:03 CET by Jeroen · permalink · 0 reactions


Police arrest businessman over haze-linked fires Indonesian police have arrested a businessman for ordering workers to deliberately start fires to clear farm land, contributing to the smoke haze that has blanketed parts of Indonesia and its neighbours, a report said Sunday. Police in the province of Riau, one of the areas usually hardest hit by the annual chocking haze, arrested a man identified only by his initials ADS and the head of a private palm oil firm on Saturday, the Kompas newspaper said.

Posted in Forest fires @ 28 June 2004 00:02 CET by Jeroen · permalink · 0 reactions


Govt vows to check raging fires in Sumatra Indonesia is seeking help to put out the raging fires in Sumatra – the source of the haze over neighbouring Malaysia – and taking to court those who carry out open burning. Indonesian Embassy deputy chief of mission Suherman Obon said his country would be happy to accept Malaysia's assistance. “Our ambassador has reported the situation in Malaysia to Jakarta.

Posted in Forest fires @ 26 June 2004 00:02 CET by Jeroen · permalink · 0 reactions


Jakarta looks to heavens for help As Indonesia's haze continues to envelop parts of Sumatra and Kalimantan provinces, Indonesian officials have - again - blamed farmers for starting fires across the country.

Posted in Forest fires @ 25 June 2004 00:01 CET by Jeroen · permalink · 0 reactions


Haze stops 7 aircraft from landing at Pekanbaru airport Seven aircraft failed to land at the Sultan Syarief Airport on Tuesday due to the thick haze from forest and bushfires raging in Indonesia's Riau province. Airport chief Sutrisno said visibility increased to about 400 metres at 8am from 300 metres at 6am on Tuesday. As visibility was below the threshold, seven airplanes failed to land at the airport and one airplane failed to take off, he said.

Posted in Forest fires @ 22 June 2004 00:02 CET by Jeroen · permalink · 0 reactions


Smoke haze from burning vegetation back in Indonesia Smoke haze from burning vegetation has returned to parts of the Indonesian islands of Sumatra and Borneo, and is starting to affect visibility. A meteorology official at Pekanbaru in central Sumatra said the haze had reduced morning and late afternoon visibility to between two and three kilometres compared to the normal level of above 10 kilometres.

Posted in Forest fires @ 28 May 2003 00:02 CET by Jeroen · permalink · 0 reactions


$1.6m haze payout to Indonesia A Malaysian-owned plantation firm whose director was jailed for causing smoke haze on Indonesia's Sumatra island has agreed to pay more than $US1 million (EUR 901,000) in compensation, an official said. "Following an agreement on April 23 with the company, PT Adei Plantation agreed to pay 1.1 million dollars in settlement money to the government," Nixon Silalahi, an environment ministry official,said today.

Posted in Forest fires @ 01 May 2003 00:01 CET by Jeroen · permalink · 0 reactions


Underground fires wreak havoc Thousands of underground coal fires around the world could be fuelling toxic pollution, contributing up to 3% of the rate of global warming and threatening wildlife, scientists warned yesterday.

Posted in Forest fires @ 15 February 2003 00:01 CET by Jeroen · permalink · 0 reactions


Schools ordered to close in haze-choked Palangkaraya Schools have been ordered to close in the capital of Indonesia's Central Kalimantan province because of persistent choking haze caused by fires, an official said Thursday. Palangkaraya mayor Salundik Goyong Wednesday ordered the closure with immediate effect of all schools in the city and surrounding areas, mayoral spokesman Halis Lanca said.

Posted in Forest fires @ 27 September 2002 00:01 CET by Jeroen · permalink · 0 reactions


Haze returns to bring misery to Borneo Choking haze from forest fires has returned to cover much of Indonesia's side of Borneo island, forcing residents to wear masks as the pollution index rises to three times world safety standards, officials said on Friday. Visibility in at least two provinces has dropped to as low as 50 metres over the past few days and all flights to and from Central Kalimantan's airport have been cancelled since the beginning of the month as the smoke has spread.

Posted in Forest fires @ 13 September 2002 00:05 CET by Jeroen · permalink · 0 reactions


Three die as haze engulfs Palangkaraya At least three people have died and 60 more are suffering from respiratory problems as thick haze from forest fires burning out of control continues to engulf Palangkaraya, the provincial capital of Central Kalimantan. Central Kalimantan deputy governor Nahson Taway said on Tuesday that the haze, which he claimed was worse than last year's, had also forced airport authorities to close the airport over the past few weeks. "We are worried that the problem will persist as the fire spreads very fast across the peat land during the current dry season," Nahson said after reporting the haze problem to Vice President Hamzah Haz.

Posted in Forest fires @ 04 September 2002 00:01 CET by Jeroen · permalink · 0 reactions


ASEAN: Haze may return to region soon. Asean environment ministers warned yesterday that the region is likely to be hit by the haze as early as next month because of the El Nino weather phenomenon. But, they said, preventive measures are being put in place to control air pollution and the authorities will intensify early warning efforts and surveillance. Plans under consideration include the banning of 'open' burning in plantation and forest areas, and tighter regulation of controlled burning by small-scale farmers.

Posted in Forest fires @ 12 June 2002 00:01 CET by Jeroen · permalink · 0 reactions


Rains bring respite for Indonesians choking on haze Rain has brought a welcome respite to parts of Indonesia's Sumatra island which had been blanketed by thick haze following forest and ground fires, police and an official said Wednesday.

Posted in Forest fires @ 27 February 2002 00:01 CET by Jeroen · permalink · 0 reactions


Haze turns day into night in parts of Riau Haze from forest fires, that have been raging in several parts of Sumatra, thickened over Riau's provincial capital, Pekanbaru, on Wednesday, where day turned into a virtual night, forcing many people to wear face masks in order to breathe.

Posted in Forest fires @ 21 February 2002 00:01 CET by Jeroen · permalink · 0 reactions


Smoke haze creeps back over parts of Southeast Asia The thick haze which blanketed parts of Indonesia and its neighbors for months three years ago is beginning to choke regional skies again, officials said on Monday. The haze has been returning to parts of Kalimantan and Sumatra as well as southern Thailand.

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