Source:Penanganan Karhutla tetap Prioritas ditengah Covid-19
Since early March 2020, the number of COVID-19 positive cases had continued to increase until the beginning of the dry season, a period when forest and land fire prone to occur in several areas.
According to the Meteorology, Climatology, and Geophysics Agency (BMKG) forecast, the dry season in fire-prone provinces will begin in May. Despite this condition, the Minister of Environment and Forestry, Siti Nurbaya, emphasized that handling forest and land fires remains a priority during the pandemic. The forest and land fire task force will continue to monitor and supervise the fire-prone areas during the pandemic.
To increase efforts to prevent and control forest and land fires, the Minister of Environment and Forestry has informed the regional heads in early March, asking all parties, including the private sector and regional stakeholders, to be vigilant about forest and land fires. In addition, several priority measures to be taken by the Ministry of Environment and Forestry are: