All of them have a medium level of confidence
Balikpapan, E Kalimantan (ANTARA) - The Meteorology, Climatology, and Geophysics Agency (BMKG) detected nine hotspots in East Kalimantan province during the observation period from 1 a.m. to 3 p.m. local time on Thursday.

Seven hotspots were detected in East Kutai district, and one hotspot was detected in Kutai Kartanegara and West Kutai districts, coordinator for data and information at the Class I Meteorological Station Sepinggan-Balikpapan, Diyan Novrida, informed here on Thursday.

In East Kutai district, three hotspots were spread across the Bengalon sub-district and four other hotspots were detected in Kaubun sub-district.

In addition, one hotspot was detected each in Mook Manaar Bulatn sub-district of West Kutai district and Anggana sub-district of Kutai Kartanegara district.

"All of them have a medium level of confidence," Novrida said.

Information regarding the location of the hotspots has been submitted to the Regional Disaster Management Agency (BPBD) at the provincial and district levels so that it can be followed up, he added.

On Wednesday (January 17, 2023), as many as nine hotspots were detected in East Kalimantan province and all of them were handled by the relevant government agencies.

Novrida said that there has been no rainfall during the rainy season. Hence, hotspots, which are early indicators of forest and land fires, still have the potential to emerge.

He appealed to residents to not carry out activities that could trigger forest and land fires, such as clearing land by burning.

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