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Terra and Aqua Satellites Again Detect Five Hotspots in Aceh Province

Illustration: Hotspots.

BANDA ACEH, NNC - Moderate Resolution Imaging Spectroradiometer or MODIS sensors attached to two satellites, Terra and Aqua, detect five hotspots in the province of Aceh.

"This morning, monitored five hotspots in Aceh again," said Head of Data and Information of Meteorology, Climatology and Geophysics Agency (BMKG) of Aceh, Zakaria Ahmad in Aceh Besar, Wednesday (4/11/2018).

The five hot spots, he added, were re-detected by the satellites after on Tuesday, (4/10), were also observed in the same location, that is, two regencies in Aceh.

Four hotspots are concentrated in the highlands, that is, Central region of Aceh which is a producer of Arabica and Robusta coffee, Bener Meriah Regency.

In the coffee-producing regency, hotspots are spread over three sub-district, such as, Bandar two spots, Permata and Syiah Utama each one spot.

The rest of hotspot was detected in North Aceh Regency, in Simpang Keuramat Sub-district which has a confidence level of 56 percent.

"Four spots in Bener Meriah, two hotspots of which are located in Bandar, should be suspected as a hotspot, because it has a confidence level of 81 percent and 89 percent," he explained.

"Meanwhile a spot in the Syiah Utama is a fire spot that a forest or land fire has occurred in the sub-district. The confidence level shows 100 percent" emphasized Zakaria.

The Aceh government has yet to plan to establish forest and land fire control team to prevent fires, especially in peatlands.

Deputy Governor of Aceh Nova Iriansyah in 2017 said the government will establish a formulation on forest and land fire prevention as directed by the Ministry of Environment and Forestry.

"So the most important thing is prevention. It is very difficult to extinguish if the fire is big, and the prevention aspect is more effective," Nova said.