S Kalimantan deploys helicopter to extinguish fire in Daha

KANDANGAN, South Kalimantan: The South Kalimantan Disaster Mitigation Agency (BPBD) deployed a helicopter to extinguish two hotspots in West Daha, South Hulu Sungai District, Antaranews reported.

Head of the HSS Disaster Mitigation Agency, National and Political Unity Efran in Kandangan on Sunday (1/10) said the helicopter is operated by the National Disaster Mitigation Agency (BNPB) on reports from the region.

“The fire putting out by helicopter because of the conditions on the field are difficult to reach by land route, and there is no nearest water to extinguish the fire,” he said.

The two hotspots found in Gantung Village, West Daha, the area of swamps and shrubs.

The helicopter directly water bombing the largest and widest fire point as much as 26 times with 130,000 liters of water. However, because it must fly visually (daylight) then the pilot decided to return as it was almost dark.

When the helicopter leaving the site, the first hotspot was put out, but the second was still not.

Previously on Wednesday (27/9) put out was also performed to 14 hotspots in West Daha for 41 times water bombing.

To anticipate and handle fire, members of the Rapid Response Team (TRC), the BPBD Task Force, the Land and Forest Fire Control Post (Dalkarlahut) of the district continues to monitor areas potential of forest and land fires and report on field developments.

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