After the incident of forest fire that cleared 30 hectares of rehabilitated forest at BOS Foundation’s Orangutan Reintroduction Center at Samboja Lestari in early September, fire is raging once again in Samboja Lestari.
Bogor, September 23, 2015. Forest fire, which erupted this afternoon, spread quickly engulfing the rehabilitated forest at BOS Foundation’s Orangutan Reintroduction Center at Samboja Lestari. Fire first started near a portal that borders Samboja Lestari with Tani Bakti Village. At the time this news was written, fire was still blazing and had consumed roughly 100 hectares of forest.
At the moment, our Samboja Lestari team is still battling to extinguish the fire assisted by members of the Cavalry Detachment VI Mulawarman and the Regional Military Command. The staff of Samboja Lestari has also contacted the local Fire Department and the East Kalimantan Conservation of Natural Resources Authority (BKSDA), but have not received a response.
This is not the first incident in Samboja Lestari. Within the past month, on August 31 and September 1, an area belonging to Samboja Lestari was also engulfed by raging fire. At that time, fire occurred on two separate occasions (in the early morning and later reignited in the afternoon) and consumed around 30 hectares of Samboja Lestari’s 1,852-hectare forested land. Last week, Samboja Lestari team and a number of volunteers replanted a small part of the damaged land previously filled with dark red meranti trees.