|Country or District||Indonesia|
|Event Type||Wild Fire|
|Outline||Ever since the start of the dry season at the end of February 2000, forest fires have been rapidly spreading out of control in Sumatra and West Kalimantan in Indonesia. Reportedly, most of the fires were triggered by illegal burning of plantations and forests for land clearance. The most affected area is Riau province on the east coast of Sumatra, facing Singapore.|
|Human Impact||Physical Impact||Others|
Association of Southeast Asian Nations (ASEAN) 2000/03/22
Summary report on recent haze situation in the region
Thick clouds have hindered satellite imaging of hot spots from forest fires in Indonesia's Sumatra and Borneo islands.
Deutsche Presse Agentur 2000/03/18
Forest fires continued to rage Saturday on the Indonesian island of Sumatra, blanketing the provincial centre of Riau with thick smoke and haze, according to a local report.
OCHA Situation Report No. 1 2000/03/14
Clouds of smoke and some haze have been billowing over the area. Although recent rainfall has doused some of the fires and improved visibility, the situation is still very alarming.
Several days of rain on Indonesia's Sumatra island have dampened forest fires and reduced the dangerous levels of haze, but on the Indonesian portion of the island of Borneo fires have brought the haze to alarming proportions.