Jakarta (ANTARA News)- Efforts went on to extinguish a wildfire that has razed an area measuring 9.5 hectares in Mt Sindoro forest located in Wonosobo and Temanggung districts, Central Java Province, Sunday.

The fire was spotted for the first time on Friday (Sept 7) in Wonosobo and spread to Temanggung, Sutopo Nugroho, spokesman of the National Disaster Mitigation Agency (BNPB), said in a statement here, Sunday.

Some 9.5 hectares of bushes and vegetation area were gutted by the fire that had inflicted losses worth Rp1.4 billion, he added.

A total of 219 people among others comprising military officers and volunteers, worked hard to extinguish the fire. The efforts, however, were hampered by difficult terrain, strong wind and lack of supporting facilities.

The authorities have declared Mount Sindoro closed to climbing since Saturday because of the wildfire.

Reporting by Monalisa


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