Beware of Fires During the Dry Season


The dry season will come in a few moments. To prevent undesirable things during the dry season, such as fires and water scarcity, President Jokowi asked his ministers to prepare for the season.

The warning was delivered by Jokowi while giving a briefing at the Plenary Cabinet Session which was held at the State Palace, the Presidential Palace complex, Jakarta.

“Be careful about the dry season,” said Jokowi, as quoted on Tuesday (10/5/2022).

Jokowi said the dry season could trigger forest and land fires. Jokowi does not want the apparatus to be unprepared to deal with the threat of the dry season which has the potential to cause forest and land fires.

In addition, Jokowi also highlighted nail and mouth disease. Jokowi specifically asked the Minister of Agriculture Syahrul Yasin Limpo to take several anticipatory steps.

“I ask that the Minister of Agriculture, immediately carry out a zoning lockdown, a lockdown in the region, so that livestock transfers from one place to another,” said Jokowi.

“Or the movement of livestock from district to district, especially from province to province, can really be prevented,” he explained.

In addition, Jokowi also instructed the police to participate in guarding the movement of livestock against several areas that have been declared mouth and nail diseases.

“The form of the office unit, so that it is clear who will be responsible later,” he said.

On the other hand, the Meteorology, Climatology and Geophysics Agency (BMKG) has previously issued an early warning of potential land and forest fires in the East Nusa Tenggara (NTT) region which has entered the dry season.

“The potential for land and forest fires threatens most of NTT in the category of easy and highly flammable because conditions are now entering the dry season which has resulted in the emergence of hot spots,” said Head of the BMKG El Tari Kupang Meteorological Station Agung Sudiono Abadi on May 2.

BMKG predicts that the peak of the dry season in 2022 in Indonesia will occur next August. This dry season is coming later than usual.

Head of BMKG Dwikorita Karnawati said Indonesia has a total of 342 seasonal zones and is not expected to experience a dry season simultaneously.

As many as 29.8 percent are predicted to start the dry season in April 2022, namely in the Nusa Tenggara season zone, the Bali season zone, and parts of Java.

Then, as much as 22.8 percent of the area will enter the dry season in May, covering parts of Bali, Java, parts of Sumatra, parts of Kalimantan, Maluku, and parts of Papua.

There is 23.7 percent of the region entering the dry season in June 2022, covering Sumatra, parts of Java, Kalimantan, Sulawesi, a small part of Maluku, and parts of Papua.

Then 23.7 percent of the area will enter the dry season in January, March, July, August, September, and October.

“So, we conclude that in the forecast for the dry season in 2022, the dry season this year will come later than normal with an intensity similar to the usual dry conditions,” Dwikorita added.