Hot Spots Detected as Indonesia Enters Peak Dry Season

Weather satellites have detected 538 hot spots in Indonesia in the last 24 hours, believed to be the highest across Indonesia this year, as the country approaches the peak of the annual dry season in September, the Strait Times reports. Most of the fires were detected in West Kalimantan and Papua provinces, according to the country’s National Disaster Management Agency (BNPB). Indonesia has so far managed to prevent a repeat of the 2015 fire crisis, when the burning of forest and peatland in Kalimantan and Sumatra produced a transboundary haze that led to record air pollution levels for months across the Southeast Asian region.