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Indonesia expects fewer fires with wetter dry season, movement curbs

August 16, 2020 5:00 AM

Indonesia will likely have fewer land and forest fires this year because the dry season will be wetter in most parts of the country compared with last year, said the head of the country's disaster management agency last Thursday.

Jakarta pledges to respect international law over haze issue

June 30, 2020 5:00 AM

Indonesia has pledged to respect international law as Singapore investigates companies and individuals linked to the 2015 land and forest fires that enshrouded the region in toxic haze.

Budget cuts force Indonesia to scale back forest protection

June 26, 2020 5:00 AM

JAKARTA • Indonesia has scaled back protection for some of the world's most important tropical forests ahead of the worst season for fires because of budget cuts due to the coronavirus pandemic, said the Ministry of Environment and Forestry.

Cloud seeding in Indonesia aims to prevent forest fires

May 28, 2020 5:00 AM

Indonesia is carrying out cloud-seeding operations to induce rain in regions prone to forest fires. This will continue until the dry season ends in September.

As bush fires threaten, Australian PM seeks greater federal powers

January 29, 2020 11:32 AM

SYDNEY (REUTERS) - Australian Prime Minister Scott Morrison said on Wednesday (Jan 29) he wants greater federal powers during natural disasters, as authorities warned bush fires ravaging the country for months were sweeping through a national park near the capital.

Aussie bush fires exert heavy toll on volunteer firefighters

January 27, 2020 5:00 AM

From next Monday, Mr Brendon O'Connor, who has spent much of the past few months battling bush fires in Australia, will have to stop doing so and return to his real job.

Probe into fatal crash of plane fighting bush fires complicated by dangers

January 25, 2020 5:00 AM

MELBOURNE/SYDNEY • Australian officials worked yesterday to extricate the bodies of three US firefighters from a plane that crashed in remote bush land, as the area's active bush fire status complicated an investigation into the accident.

Australia mourns US firefighters as probe into plane crash begins

January 24, 2020 12:20 PM

MELBOURNE/SYDNEY (REUTERS) - Firefighters in Australia held a minute's silence on Friday (Jan 24) for three US colleagues killed in a plane crash as investigators began scouring the accident site in remote bushland.

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