MALANG, KOMPAS.com – Forest fires occur in the surroundings of the Great Hall of Bromo Tengger Semeru National Park (TNBTS) in East Java. Grasslands or savannas located in the Plentongan block, Tengger Laut Pasir Resort, the area of Mount Bromo was burnt down.
The head of TNBTS, John Kennedie said, the fire occurred since Saturday (1/9/2018) around 09:45 WIB. A total of 15 staff members consisting of TNBTS officers were deployed to make the first outage.
Not long after, officers from Poncokusumo District Police Station, Malang Regency and 83 residents came to help with blackouts. But the fire continues to spread.
"It is estimated that the burnt area is 65 hectares," John said through a written statement to Kompas.com, Sunday (09/02/2018) night.
John explained that the location of the fire was at a height of 45 to 60 degrees. Meanwhile 85 percent of the country burned in the form of savannah with a thickness of 85 to 150 centimeters.
Besides alang-alang plants there are also dried pine litters at that location. John admitted that he was still investigating the cause of the fire.
"The cause of the fire is still under investigation," he said.
Meanwhile, there have been no less than 320 staff members who have extinguished the fire. The staff consists of local residents and members of the community.
However, the fire can not be completely extinguished. John said the remaining hotspots were at the top of Mount Watangan.
"It's only two points at the top of Mount Watangan, bro, hopefully tomorrow can be completely extinguished," John said.