JAKARTA (JP): Authorities in the province of Central Kalimantan haveordered a crackdown on cultivators to try to avert the annual dry-season miseryfrom choking smoke haze, officials said Thursday. “Every provincial officein Central Kalimantan has been ordered to make plans to combat the haze andpolice have been told to enforce a ban on setting fires to clear land,”provincial spokesman Harun Al-Rashid told AFP. Harun said jungle-clad CentralKalimantan has always one of the provinces hardest hit by haze. Rain earlierthis month had helped to dissipate haze which plagued other parts of Kalimantan(Borneo) and Sumatra island “but we have not had any significant rain inthe past 10 days and that may signal the arrival of the dry season,” headded.
Authorities have issued written and oral warnings against using fire toclear land. Enforcement patrols would be mounted and offenders prosecuted.