While other parts of Indonesia are experiencing flooding and heavy downpours, Riau is bracing for the dry season as a number of hot spots have been detected across the province.
According to the Pekanbaru Meteorology Climatology and Geophysics Agency's (BMKG) Terra and Aqua satellites, 12 hot spots have been detected in Riau.
Four hot spots were detected in Tanah Putih district in Rokan Hilir regency, three in Siak Sri Indrapura and Sungai Apit districts in Siak regency, two in Mandah district in Indragiri Hilir regency, two in Bunut and Kuala Kampar districts in Pelalawan regency and one in Tapung district in Kampar regency.
"Of the 12 hot spots, seven of them were considered hot spots with a confidence level of 70 per cent," said head of data and information division at BMKG Pekanbaru, Slamet Riyadi, on Tuesday.
Slamet said the number of hot spots in the province on Tuesday had increased from the previous day, which recorded seven hot spots.
"As predicted, the first cycle of the dry season in Riau will occur from mid-February to mid-March. The hot spot reappearance marks the beginning of the dry season," he added.
Separately, Riau joint task force chief Brig. Gen. Nurendi has called on his personnel to work hand-in-hand with local authorities to handle forest fires as the dry season approaches. (trw)