The Meteorological Service of Singapore reports on 29 February 2000 for the South East Asian region: “A few isolated hot spots with smoke plumes were observed in central Sumatra. The region remains generally clear of smoke haze.” Forecasts of winds and surface pressure are also available.
Fig. 1. Regional Surface Winds and Haze/Hot Spot Map, 29 February 2000
(Source: Meteorological Service of Singapore)
Fig. 2.-7. Fire Weather Index (FWI) forecast for tomorrow (left), next week (center) and the predicted FWI anomaly for this month (right) for the Western Pacific and the Pacific Ocean. The daily forecast refers to 12:00 hrs noon UTC (Greenwich) time; the weekly total forecast and the monthly forecasted anomaly refer to 00:00 hrs UTC, which is local noon at dateline (180° longitude). Forecast time is 12:00 hrs noon UTC (Greenwich) corresponding to local evening time in mainland and insular SE Asia (updated: 1 March 2000).
(Source: ECPC Fire Weather Index Forecast)
The ASEAN Haze Action Online provides the following information:
Monitoring: Hyperlinks to institutions involved in regional monitoring and prediction of fire and smoke haze
The Indonesian Meteorological Agency Badan Meteorologi dan Geofisika publishs the Indonesia Daily Forecasting for 2 March 2000. For the representative selected areas metereological data are provided as follows:
PalembangSamarindaBandung Weather condition rain rain rain Temperature max (°C) 33 33 28 Humidity (min – max %) 50-97 59-91 60-83
Summary: Although the current fire weather conditions do under normal conditions not favour extensive land clearing by fire or escaping wildfires in Indonesia, the consequences of the large wildfires of 1997-98 must been taken into consideration. These fires had caused extensive degradation of primary and secondary forests along with the spreading of “alang-alang” (Imperata cylindrica) grasslands. These grasslands facilitate the spread of uncontrolled fires over large areas.