Skip to Content

Firefighters battle peatland fires on Indonesia’s Sumatra island

Associated Press

PALEMBANG, Indonesia (AP) — Firefighters in Indonesia are battling several peatland fires in three villages on Sumatra island. The fires started Tuesday afternoon near residential areas and along a highway. The firefighters are hampered because water sources were far away and several reservoirs are dry. Forest and peat fires are an annual problem in Indonesia that strains relations with neighboring countries. Smoke from the fires has blanketed parts of Indonesia, Singapore, Malaysia and southern Thailand with a noxious haze. The National Disaster Management Agency says the current fires in South Sumatra province would not affect neighboring countries.

Article Topic Follows: AP-National

Jump to comments ↓

Associated Press


KVIA ABC 7 is committed to providing a forum for civil and constructive conversation.

Please keep your comments respectful and relevant. You can review our Community Guidelines by clicking here

If you would like to share a story idea, please submit it here.

Skip to content