The Jakarta Post, 11 August 2018
The Environment and Forestry Ministry has warned of a potential increase in hotspots in several regions amid the dry season that is expected to hit its peak this month. The warning came after hotspots were detected in West Kalimantan this month. The West Kalimantan Disaster Mitigation Agency (BPBD) reported 466 hotspots were detected in 11 regencies on Wednesday (August 8). Most of the hotspots occurred in Sanggau Regency (173 hotspots), followed by Kapuas Hulu Regency (112 hotspots), Landak Regency (71 hotspots), and Sintang Regency (62 hotspots). BPBD Head TTA Nyarong attributed the increase in the number of hotspots to the slash-and-burn practices carried out by local farmers.