Jakarta: The National Police continues to investigate land and forest fires that sparked haze in several regions in Indonesia.
President Joko "Jokowi" Widodo earlier said that the land and forest fires were triggered by organized and intentional human activities.
"We are investigating allegations towards organized activities," National Police spokesman Inspector General Mohammad Iqbal said here on Friday, 20 September 2019.
To provide a deterrent effect, the police will take firm action against those who masterminded the deliberate burning of rain forest.
On the other hand, efforts to extinguish the fire is continued by a joint team of the National Armed Forces-National Police and related agencies.
Iqbal said that National Police Chief General Tito Karnavian even threatened police officials who are not serious about tackling the forest and land fires. He revealed The National Police leader will not hesitate to remove Regional Police heads who fail to tackle the forest and land fires.
Forest and land fires (Karhutla) are spread across seven provinces: Riau, Jambi, South Sumatra, West Kalimantan, Central Kalimantan, South Kalimantan, and Papua. The total hotspots reached 4,012 on Saturday, September 14, 2019.
The total area burned from January to August 2019 was 328 thousand hectares. As much as 27 percent of the burned land is peat-land, while the rest is mineral soil land.
Forest and land fires in a number of provinces have caused flight disruptions at a number of airports, both cancellations and delays. Thick smoke also have caused negative impact on the health of residents such as respiratory infections.