PEKANBARU, Riau (Bernama) – Around 353 hotspots of forest and plantation fires were detected across Sumatra island on Wednesday, a rise of 75 from the previous day.
Head of Pekanbaru Meteorological, Climatology and Geophysics Office Sugarin said the majority of hotspots were detected in South Sumatra, Indonesia’s Antara news agency reported.
South Sumatra has 284 hotspots, Jambi 26, Riau 24, Bangka Belitung 10 and Lampung nine.
In Riau province, 24 hotspots were detected on Wednesday, up from four on Tuesday.
The hotspots were detected in Indragiri Hilir (18), Rokan Hulu (three), Pelalawan (two) and Indragiri Hulu (one).
The National Disaster Mitigation Agency (BNPB) will carry out cloud seeding operations to create artificial rain using a C-130 Hercules aircraft to extinguish forest fires in Sumatra and Kalimantan.
The exercise will be carried out throughout October.a