The Ministry handles forest fires with a hotspot approach

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The Ministry handles forest fires  with a hotspot approach

Secretary of the Ministry of Environment and Forestry Bambang Hendroyono answered reporters' questions at Manggala Wanabakti, Jakarta, Monday (July 22, 2019). (ANTARA / Virna P Setyorini)

Jakarta (ANTARA) - The Ministry of Environment and Forestry was working on a system to prevent forest and land fires with a hotspot approach, the ministry’s Secretary General, Bambang Hendroyo has said.

"Now walking is monitoring hotspots. The Ministry of Environment and Forestry,  the National Institute of Aeronautics and Space (LAPAN) and the Meteorology, Climatology and Geophysics Agency (BMKG) carried it out," Bambang said here Monday.

The formula, once monitored by hot spots, will be with the Community of Fire Care (MPA) which helps the Manggala Agni team monitor in the field, discovering the presence of fire as early as possible, he said.

"The fire will be immediately extinguished as long as its location is reachable from land," he said.

Another approach is that if a fire cannot be reached by land, it will be suppressed from the air, he continued. The government builds reservoirs and canals so that water to extinguish the fire is available.

"With the hotspot approach, we know where to go. The system at the grassroots must go into the field. Then, it is overcome by an integrated system," he continued.

The regional government no longer has to be ordered to set an emergency alert, he further said. "The authority is indeed there, and the system or task force has its own approach in handling forest and land fires.

The ministry uses prevention, countermeasures and recovery methods in dealing with forest and land fires, according to him.

The recovery of the burned area has also taken the approach of ensuring the peat ecosystem remains wet, he said. Monitoring and management of water on peatlands guarantees that when it is dry, water is available.

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