Bush Fires :Number of hot spots on Sumatra island drops
February 22, 2008, 2:46 pm
Filed under: Forest Fires

The number of hot spots caused by bush fires on Sumatra Island has dropped to 41, according to the Medan meteorological and geophysics office.

“According to data from a satellite monitoring, the number dropped to 41 on Thursday afternoon,” Agus Syafril said here on Friday.

The hot spots were detected among other things in Dumai and Bengkalis districts in Riau Province, West Sumatra, Mandailing Natal in North Sumatra Province, East Aceh, Jambi, South Sumatra and Lampung, he said.

Last Tuesday (Feb. 19), the number of hot spots on Sumatra Island reached a total of 349, including 90 hot spots in Riau Province alone he said.

Rains over the past few days helped extinguish most of the hot spots, he said. (*)


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