Satellite detects 12 hot spots in Riau

Satellite detects 12 hot spots in Riau

12 February 2009

published by Bernama

Indonesia — The NOAA-18 satellite has detected 12 hot spots of forest fires in several areas in Riau Province, according to the meteorological and geophysics office (BMG) here.

Based on the latest monitoring of NOAA-18 satellite images, there are 12 hot spots in Riau,? Indonesia?s Antara news agency quoted Slamet Riyadi, an analyst of the Pekanbaru BMG, as saying here today.

The hot spots were found in Bengkalis District (seven hot spots), Pelelawan District (four), and Dumai City (one), he said. He explained that in every hot spot, between 50 and 60 hectares of forest area were razed by fire. He called on local farmers not to set fire in forest areas for opening of new plantation or farming areas as the weather in Riau was quite hot at present and rain would not come in the near future.

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