Tuesday, 10 December 2019 | 02:26 WIB

Five Regions Prone to Wildfires in South Sumatera

Five Regions Prone to Wildfires in South Sumatera (bnpb)

PALEMBANG, NETRALNEWS.COM - The South Sumatra Forest and Land Fire Task Force is aware of five fire-prone areas, namely Ogan Ilir Regency, Ogan Komering Ilir, Musi Banyuasin, Muara Enim, and Banyuasin.

The commander of the South Sumatra Forest and Land Fire Task Force Task Force, Col. Arh Sonny Septiono, in Palembang, on Thursday, said that the five regions each year contributed hotspots and were the priority of mitigation because they had extensive peatlands.

"Basically, we anticipate all regions, but of course we use the principle of priority, given the limitations of existing personnel and equipment," said Colonel Arh Sonny Septiono.

According to him, currently the alert status of forest and land fires has been activated, personnel and command posts operating in 2018 are revived as the initial step of the silencer while awaiting a countermeasure program for 2019.

Because until the beginning of May 2019, he admitted, there had been several peatland fires even on a small scale.

According to the Governor of South Sumatra's decree, he said, the operation of forest and land fires operates from April 1 to October 31, 2019, the possibility of operational patterns does not change much.

"In the meantime we are coordinating meetings to equalize perceptions between agencies to see developments in the field, but we have continued the good programs last year," he explained.

The South Sumatra Fire Task Force, he said, prioritizes the readiness of personnel and equipment in operations and maximizes prevention, namely by intense socialization to companies or residents around peatlands.

In addition, the task force has also received information on the current El Nino status as the dry season enters, which is expected to increase its peak symptoms in June - July - August.

"Based on BMKG's information, El Nino's vulnerability is indeed quite long, hopefully not like that later, but in principle we are ready," said Colonel Arh Sonny Septiono, reported by Antara, Kams (05/02/2019).

While the Head of the South Sumatra Forestry Service, Pandji Tjahjanto, said his agency would create an integrated data center to support forest and land fire management operations.

"The data center will accommodate the latest information from various sources related to the operation of forest and land fires, not as comparable data on task forces, but partners share data, so there is no more confusing information," explained Pandji.

He added the South Sumatra Forestry Service will launch the data center after the moment of Eid al-Fitr.