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spacer 26 May 2009 - Thick smoke caused by forest fires in the province of Riau on the island of Sumatra has hampered school activities. A number of schools in the district of Rokan Hilir has been forced to close down. Already a number of schools has been closed down, also in the neighboring district of Bangko, where almost all elementary schools have been closed.

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28-05-2009: Smoke from forest fires threathen Medan flights
26-05-2009: Thick smoke forces schools in Riau to close down

26 September 2007 - Indonesia has rented two helicopters to cope with the returning forest fires which cause a haze over the region regularly. "The government has brought in two helicopters to overcome the forest fires," said Malem Sambet Kaban, forestry minister. He said that the two rented helicopters, Russian Kamov Ka-32A helicopters rented from South Korea, will be used in West and Central Kalimantan, the two provinces that were most affected.
26-09-2007: Indonesia rents helicopters to douse haze fires

31 October 2006 - A shift in wind direction brought the haze from Indonesia's land-clearing fires back to Singapore on Tuesday after an earlier clean air reprieve. The Pollution Standards Index moved out of the healthy range to 57 and remained within the moderate category. Singaporeans have been out in force since last Wednesday, when heavy showers cleared the air of the weeks of haze that triggered warnings from environmental officials to stay indoors and in air conditioned rooms.
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04-11-2006: Shocking climate impact of wetland destruction in Indonesia (forum topic)
03-11-2006: Indonesia says forest fires almost gone
31-10-2006: Indonesia haze back over Singapore
27-10-2006: Rain clears haze in SE Asia, Indonesia airports open
18-10-2006: Haze from forest fires paralyses Indonesia airports

8 October 2006 - Thick smoke from bush and forest fires in Indonesia has forced schools to close and brought misery to residents, officials said on Friday, with no sign of firefighters in one hard-hit area. A vast blanket of smoke, or haze as it is known locally, occurs every year in Indonesia, angering neighbours Singapore and Malaysia who have long demanded Jakarta do more to stop the dry-season fires being lit by farmers and big companies.
12-10-2006: Indonesia apologizes to its neighbors for smoke haze
09-10-2006: Rains bring relief to some areas in haze-shrouded Indonesia
08-10-2006: Malaysia urges Indonesia to ratify cross-border haze pact
08-10-2006: Air quality in Singapore improves after PSI hit high of 150
06-10-2006: Haze brings misery, health problems in Indonesia
05-10-2006: Indonesia haze worsens, airplanes warned
03-10-2006: Illegal forest fires blanket Indonesia and neighbors
02-10-2006: Thick smog in Jambi province uncontrollable

28 August 2006 - Indonesian law enforcers are making arrests and quizzing plantation companies suspected to be responsible for forest fires in several parts of the country following complaints at home and abroad over the perils of the annual haze. According to Indonesian news agency, ANTARA, police have arrested 20 people in Sumatra's Riau province and will quiz at least six plantation firms in Kalimantan.
28-08-2006: Government hunting down haze culprits
25-08-2006: Indonesia to drop water bombs to douse forest fires
18-08-2006: Indonesia battles hundreds of forest fires
29-07-2006: Fire smoke blankets city on Sumatra

Map of haze-covered areas

5 October 2005 - A map of Southeast Asia showing the areas affected by haze from forest fires on the islands of Sumatra and Borneo. A worsening acrid haze from land-clearing fires in Indonesia shut more schools here, disrupted travel in Malaysia and drifted thousands of kilometres across the Pacific, officials said.(AFP Graphic)
5 October 2005 - A map of Southeast Asia showing the areas affected by haze from forest fires on the islands of Sumatra and Borneo. A worsening acrid haze from land-clearing fires in Indonesia shut more schools here, disrupted travel in Malaysia and drifted thousands of kilometres across the Pacific, officials said.(AFP Graphic)

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