Minister reviews forest fires during Eid holidays

Jakarta The Minister of Environment and Forestry SitiNurbayaBakar took to the field to monitor the handling of forest and land fires in the country during EidFitr or Lebaran holidays.

“In addition to monitoring the reports of forest and land fires (karhutla) every day, I monitored the handling of karhutla yesterday on plane to some areas,” said SitiNurbaya in a written statement received in Jakarta on Sunday.

The air monitoring conducted on the weekend or the second day of EidFitr covers some of the fire prone points of forest and land in Sumatra.

SitiNurbaya expressed her gratitude for the dedication of Manggala Agni (forest fire control team) members of the Environment and Forestry (KLHK). The team is composed of members of the Indonesian Defense Forces (TNI), National Police (Polri), BPBD (Local disaster mitigation agency), Care for Fires Community (MPA) and related parties who tirelessly tackled karhutla during the dry season as it is today.

Although it is still in the atmosphere of Lebaran holidays, yet the field team is still working hard to keep Indonesia smoke-free. “I am very grateful to them,” she said.

In recent days, said SitiNurbaya, Manggala Agni, Daops (operation area) Aceh intensively has conducted karhutla handling in South Aceh assisted by Manggala Agni of SibolangitDaops.

“Thank God, fires at several points have been put out. Karhutla in Ketapang, West Kalimantan, was also successfully overcome, but once I still ask the Manggala Agni to remain vigilant,” he said.

Source: Antara News