Indonesia’s weather agency BKMG declared that it expects drier than normal weather in fire-prone regions in western and central Indonesia for the months of March and April. This region is highly susceptible to haze during the dry season due to forest fires caused by slash and burn techniques used to clear land for palm oil plantations.
Just last week, Riau’s Governor declared a State of Emergency in Riau to combat the burning forest fires which are getting out of control. He hopes that be declaring an emergency early, they have a better chance of fighting the forest fires which causes the blanketing haze that affects the whole region.
The army and police have been called in to try fight the blazes early.