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03 Dec 2010 description

Israeli officials are racing to contain wildfires that began in northern Israel on Thursday morning, prompting the evacuation of 17,000 and a rare request for international assistance. But while these fires are devastating for Israel - as of Friday they've killed at least 42 people and burned an estimated 8,600 acres in the tiny country - they are far smaller than other major forest fires around the globe.

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04 Apr 2000 description

Since 28 February this year, satellite surveillance of Sumatra and Kalimantan indicated a significant increase in fire activity or hot spots in these areas, particularly in the provinces of Riau, North Sumatra and West Kalimantan. This activity is attributed to a short, hot, and dry spell, which created ideal burning conditions for land clearing activities.

18 Mar 2000 description

Jakarta (dpa) - 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.

13 Mar 2000 description

Jakarta (dpa) - 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, it was reported on Monday.

The Antara news agency reported on Monday that in West Kalimantan province environmental protection authorities were concerned the effect the haze would have on the health of local residents.

10 Mar 2000 description

JAKARTA, Indonesia (Reuters) - Indonesia's neighbors on Friday sent in firefighters to train Indonesian crews battling bushfires on Sumatra island as the haze-making blazes spread.

The firefighters were sent under a plan drawn up after health-threatening smoke from Indonesian fires blanketed large swathes of southeast Asia in 1997, the Association of South East Asian Nations (ASEAN) said in a statement.

The ASEAN statement gave no further detail of the action being taken while the United Nations Environment Program (UNEP) expressed concern the fires may cause a repeat of a haze …

10 Mar 2000 description

ASEAN Secretariat, Jakarta, 10 March - The Association of Southeast Asian Nations (ASEAN) has put into operation its Fire Suppression Mobilisation measures in the districts of Riau Province, Indonesia to contain the spread of forest fires and smoke haze. These mobilisation measures are part of the broader Action Plan for the Prevention and Control of Land and Forest Fire and Haze in Sumatra and Kalimantan.

09 Mar 2000 description

NAIROBI/BANGKOK, 9 March 2000 - The United Nations Environment Programme (UNEP) today expressed support for the Indonesian Government's rapid response to the forest fire emergency in Sumatra. UNEP's Asia-Pacific Regional Director Nirmal Andrews said he was concerned at the prospect of a repeat of the fires that caused months of choking haze throughout the South East Asia region in 1997 and 1998.

28 Jan 2000 description

ASEAN Secretariat, Jakarta, (28 January) - The ASEAN Secretariat announced today that ASEAN and Australia had signed a Memorandum of Understanding (MOU) for a joint initiative to support the implementation of "Immediate Action Plan (IAP) Field Training Exercise for Prevention and Control of Land and Forest Fire and Haze in West Kalimantan, FY 2000/2001."