Banda Aceh: The Climatology, Geophysics and Meteorology Agency (BMKG) revealed some 24 hotspots were detected in Aceh Province and had the potential to cause forest fires. Zakaria Ahmad, the Data and Information Section head of the Banda Aceh BMKG Station, explained that the hotspots were monitored by the Terra, Aqua, NPP Suomi satellites.
"Based on the satellite data, most hotspots are in Southeast Aceh and Gayo Lues, with a confidence level of 63-82 percent," he stated here on Monday, February 10, 2020.
The 24 hotspots had emerged since Sunday, February 9, 2020, as the weather in Indonesia's westernmost province was quite hot and sunny. The temperature in regions, such as Gayo Lues, Southeast Aceh, Aceh Besar, Bener Meriah, Subulussalam, Central Aceh, Aceh Tamiang, and Aceh Jaya, had reached up to 33 degrees Celsius, with low-intensity rainfall.
"Hence, we urge the local people to not set fire to clear land for farming, as it could lead to forest fires and trigger haze in Aceh," the official remarked.
According to a report from the Aceh Disaster Management Office (BPBA) on Monday, February 10, 2020, wildfire burned a half-hectare land in Mon Ikeun Lhoknga, Aceh Besar District. The fire allegedly arose from the unsupervised burning of trash, so the fire expanded rapidly and spread around the area, as the weather was hot at the time.
"In addition to Aceh Besar, wildfires also occurred in Southeast Aceh, Aceh Jaya, and peatland areas in South Aceh. However, the fires have already been extinguished," Sunawardi, Aceh BPBA chief executive, confirmed. (Antara)