PEKANBARU. Several cities in Riau were shrouded in smog Tuesday (1/9) while thermal hotspots were detected throughout the Indonesian province, sparking concerns that haze may soon return to the region.
Forest and land fires in both local and neighbouring areas reportedly caused the smog, according to the head of Riau Disaster Mitigation Agency (BPBD), Edwar Sanger.
“Land and forest fires have also occurred in Jambi and South Sumatra. Riau is receiving smoke from those two provinces, as winds are currently blowing from south to north,” Mr Edwar told Jakarta Post.
Meanwhile, 33 hotspots were discovered in Riau based on satellite monitoring conducted by Meteorology, Climatology and Geophysics Agency (BMKG) Pekanbaru Station.
“Satellite monitoring shows 33 hotspots and in some areas of Riau, 27 fire spots were picked up by the satellite,” said Data and Information Section Head of BKMG, Slamet Riyadi.
Wednesday (2/9), RZ fielded some volunteers and collaborated with Manggala Anin of Forest Department and students of Riau University to extinguish the fire in Rimbo panjang Forest.
Fajar Sabti, a volunteer of RZ, said “The wild fire in Rimbo Panjang Forest is approaching residential area so we need to take action as soon as possible.” ***