Indonesia — The satellite of the US National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA) has detected 19 fire hotspots in three regencies in Jambi in the past two months, an official said Wednesday.
Frans Tandipau, secretary of the provincial forest fire mitigation center, said four of the hotspots were located in Muarojambi, nine in East Tanjungjabung and five in Tebo. He added nine of the hotspots were on residential land, seven in forests managed by forestry companies, and three in protected forests.
“We have prepared equipment to handle the fires. We will cooperate with the relevant regency administrations,” he said. He declined to give further details.
Last year, some 2,020 hotspots were identified in the province, 966 of them occurring in August. As many as 513 of the hotspots were in Tebo regency.