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Indonesia's firefighters on frontline of Borneo's forest blazes
From soon after sunrise, a group of volunteers gathers every day on Indonesia's portion of Borneo island to throw themselves into the desperate fight against the worst forest fires in years.
SOUTHEASTASIA-HAZE/FIREFIGHTERS
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September 20, 2019
Firefighters try to extinguish forest fires at Sebangau National Park area in Palangka Raya, Central...
PALANGKA RAYA, Indonesia
The Wider Image: Indonesia's firefighters on frontline of Borneo's forest blazes
Firefighters try to extinguish forest fires at Sebangau National Park area in Palangka Raya, Central Kalimantan province, Indonesia, September 14, 2019. From soon after sunrise, a group of volunteers gathers every day on Indonesia's portion of Borneo island to throw themselves into the desperate fight against the worst forest fires in years.

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SOUTHEASTASIA-HAZE/FIREFIGHTERS
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September 20, 2019
Bimpi Permata Restu, an 18-year-old man who is a volunteer with Greenpeace's Forest Fire Prevention,...
PALANGKA RAYA, Indonesia
The Wider Image: Indonesia's firefighters on frontline of Borneo's forest blazes
Bimpi Permata Restu, an 18-year-old man who is a volunteer with Greenpeace's Forest Fire Prevention, reacts as he extinguishes forest fires in Pulang Pisau regency. The firefighters in the once verdant district of Pulang Pisau often have only makeshift equipment, with little more than face masks to protect against choking smoke from the blazes.

REUTERS/Willy Kurniawan
SOUTHEASTASIA-HAZE/FIREFIGHTERS
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September 20, 2019
"We can't afford to provide fireproof suits for the volunteers, so they wear what they own, but the important...
PALANGKA RAYA, Indonesia
The Wider Image: Indonesia's firefighters on frontline of Borneo's forest blazes
"We can't afford to provide fireproof suits for the volunteers, so they wear what they own, but the important thing is to ensure their safety," said Mulyadi, a military officer overseeing the effort.

REUTERS/Willy Kurniawan
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September 20, 2019
Afra Annaki Riyadlus Solihin, 21-year-old man who is a volunteer of Greenpeace's Forest Fire Prevention,...
PALANGKA RAYA, Indonesia
The Wider Image: Indonesia's firefighters on frontline of Borneo's forest blazes
Afra Annaki Riyadlus Solihin, 21-year-old man who is a volunteer of Greenpeace's Forest Fire Prevention, looks on as he works to extinguish a forest fire in Pulang Pisau regency. The volunteers, often clad in sandals or trainers, line up in military fashion alongside others from the army, police, the disaster mitigation agency and non-government bodies, such as Greenpeace, for a briefing on the day's tasks.

REUTERS/Willy Kurniawan
SOUTHEASTASIA-HAZE/FIREFIGHTERS
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September 20, 2019
The fires have sent a choking smog across Borneo and Indonesia's island of Sumatra, as well as the neighboring...
PALANGKA RAYA, Indonesia
The Wider Image: Indonesia's firefighters on frontline of Borneo's forest blazes
The fires have sent a choking smog across Borneo and Indonesia's island of Sumatra, as well as the neighboring nations of Malaysia and Singapore, carried by shifting winds. This year's hot spots are the most numerous since devastating blazes in 2015, as an El Nino weather pattern exacerbates the annual dry spell.

REUTERS/Willy Kurniawan
SOUTHEASTASIA-HAZE/FIREFIGHTERS
RTX73QHT
September 20, 2019
Indonesia has sent more than 29,000 military, police and disaster agency personnel, along with 34 water-bombing...
PALANGKA RAYA, Indonesia
The Wider Image: Indonesia's firefighters on frontline of Borneo's forest blazes
Indonesia has sent more than 29,000 military, police and disaster agency personnel, along with 34 water-bombing helicopters, to fight the fires, its disaster agency has said.

REUTERS/Willy Kurniawan
SOUTHEASTASIA-HAZE/FIREFIGHTERS
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September 20, 2019
Yudi Oktama, 21, pictured on patrol for forest fires in Pulang Pisau regency, said he had spent about...
PALANGKA RAYA, Indonesia
The Wider Image: Indonesia's firefighters on frontline of Borneo's forest blazes
Yudi Oktama, 21, pictured on patrol for forest fires in Pulang Pisau regency, said he had spent about two months as a volunteer, popularly referred to by the abbreviation "satgas," for "satuan tugas," or task force in Indonesian, and received a stipend of 100,000 rupiah ($7) a day.

REUTERS/Willy Kurniawan
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September 20, 2019
A volunteer firefighter uses a tree branch to extinguish fires. Saleh Hendra, 41, another volunteer,...
PALANGKA RAYA, Indonesia
The Wider Image: Indonesia's firefighters on frontline of Borneo's forest blazes
A volunteer firefighter uses a tree branch to extinguish fires. Saleh Hendra, 41, another volunteer, said the hardest part of the job was trying to tackle stubborn fires on peatland, which is especially flammable and can repeatedly reignite. "There is more sorrow than happiness (in this work)," he said, describing long days in the field that often force the volunteers to skip Muslim Friday prayers. Asked if he was afraid, he responded, "What else can we do? The fear is there but we're concerned because of our families."

REUTERS/Willy Kurniawan
SOUTHEASTASIA-HAZE/FIREFIGHTERS
RTX73QI3
September 20, 2019
The role of volunteers includes educating residents on ways to avoid slash-and-burn clearance of new...
PALANGKA RAYA, Indonesia
The Wider Image: Indonesia's firefighters on frontline of Borneo's forest blazes
The role of volunteers includes educating residents on ways to avoid slash-and-burn clearance of new land for plantations, a practice often blamed for the fires.

REUTERS/Willy Kurniawan
SOUTHEASTASIA-HAZE/FIREFIGHTERS
RTX73QHR
September 20, 2019
A canal along a palm plantation is seen in Palangka Raya. The district in Indonesia's province of Central...
PALANGKA RAYA, Indonesia
The Wider Image: Indonesia's firefighters on frontline of Borneo's forest blazes
A canal along a palm plantation is seen in Palangka Raya. The district in Indonesia's province of Central Kalimantan on Borneo is home to 126,000 people, and about a fifth of its 95 villages are vulnerable to forest fires in the dry season.

REUTERS/Willy Kurniawan
SOUTHEASTASIA-HAZE/FIREFIGHTERS
RTX73QJ1
September 20, 2019
It is often a struggle to find water to pour on the flames, as more than half the area's 9,000 wells...
PALANGKA RAYA, Indonesia
The Wider Image: Indonesia's firefighters on frontline of Borneo's forest blazes
It is often a struggle to find water to pour on the flames, as more than half the area's 9,000 wells were dry, said Mulyadi, who uses only one name.

REUTERS/Willy Kurniawan
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September 20, 2019
Some residents use buckets of water to douse flames threatening their homes, often marooned in scorched...
PALANGKA RAYA, Indonesia
The Wider Image: Indonesia's firefighters on frontline of Borneo's forest blazes
Some residents use buckets of water to douse flames threatening their homes, often marooned in scorched areas of gnarled and charred tree trunks.

REUTERS/Willy Kurniawan
SOUTHEASTASIA-HAZE/FIREFIGHTERS
RTX73QI1
September 20, 2019
Children stand as they watch a police extinguishing fires with a water cannon at a peatland forest in...
PALANGKA RAYA, Indonesia
The Wider Image: Indonesia's firefighters on frontline of Borneo's forest blazes
Children stand as they watch a police extinguishing fires with a water cannon at a peatland forest in Pulang Pisau regency. As night falls, firefighters don headlamps, flashlights, or fall back on just the torch on their handphones to illuminate their path.

REUTERS/Willy Kurniawan
SOUTHEASTASIA-HAZE/FIREFIGHTERS
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September 20, 2019
A man fishes as smoke covers the Kahayan river in Palangka Raya. In the provincial capital of Palangkaraya,...
PALANGKA RAYA, Indonesia
The Wider Image: Indonesia's firefighters on frontline of Borneo's forest blazes
A man fishes as smoke covers the Kahayan river in Palangka Raya. In the provincial capital of Palangkaraya, the air pollution index has hovered above 500 for days, a level that environment officials classify as dangerous.

REUTERS/Willy Kurniawan
SOUTHEASTASIA-HAZE/FIREFIGHTERS
RTX73QIL
September 20, 2019
Orangutans gather as smoke covers Salat Island which is used by Borneo Orangutan Survival Foundation...
PALANGKA RAYA, Indonesia
The Wider Image: Indonesia's firefighters on frontline of Borneo's forest blazes
Orangutans gather as smoke covers Salat Island which is used by Borneo Orangutan Survival Foundation as a pre-release island for orangutans, in Pulang Pisau regency. "The air quality is similar to inhaling 50 cigarettes at the same time," said Sumarni Laman, a volunteer at the city's Ranu Welum Foundation, who works to preserve the culture of the region's Dayak people and protect forests.

REUTERS/Willy Kurniawan
SOUTHEASTASIA-HAZE/FIREFIGHTERS
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September 20, 2019
Shopkeeper Risa Astrinova, seen at home with her children in Palangka Raya, said she worried about the...
PALANGKA RAYA, Indonesia
The Wider Image: Indonesia's firefighters on frontline of Borneo's forest blazes
Shopkeeper Risa Astrinova, seen at home with her children in Palangka Raya, said she worried about the health of her six-year-old, who suffers from asthma. "I'm afraid for my son, he has just been discharged from the hospital last year," added Astrinova, 31, who was forced to close her small shop for a week because of the smoke.

REUTERS/Willy Kurniawan
SOUTHEASTASIA-HAZE/FIREFIGHTERS
RTX73QJ8
September 20, 2019
An MI-8MTV-1 helicopter from Indonesian National Disaster Management Agency carries water to dump on...
PALANGKA RAYA, Indonesia
The Wider Image: Indonesia's firefighters on frontline of Borneo's forest blazes
An MI-8MTV-1 helicopter from Indonesian National Disaster Management Agency carries water to dump on burning peatland forest in Pulang Pisau regency. REUTERS/Willy Kurniawan
SOUTHEASTASIA-HAZE/FIREFIGHTERS
RTX73QJA
September 20, 2019
Smoke covers trees during a forest fire next to a palm plantation in Palangka Raya. REUTERS/Willy Kurniawan...
PALANGKA RAYA, Indonesia
The Wider Image: Indonesia's firefighters on frontline of Borneo's forest blazes
Smoke covers trees during a forest fire next to a palm plantation in Palangka Raya. REUTERS/Willy Kurniawan
SOUTHEASTASIA-HAZE/FIREFIGHTERS
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September 20, 2019
A crew member of an MI-8MTV-1 helicopter from Indonesia's National Disaster Management Agency looks through...
PALANGKA RAYA, Indonesia
The Wider Image: Indonesia's firefighters on frontline of Borneo's forest blazes
A crew member of an MI-8MTV-1 helicopter from Indonesia's National Disaster Management Agency looks through the window as water is dumped on a burning peatland forest in Pulang Pisau regency. REUTERS/Willy Kurniawan
SOUTHEASTASIA-HAZE/FIREFIGHTERS
RTX73QJD
September 20, 2019
An MI-8MTV-1 helicopter from Indonesian National Disaster Management Agency carries water to dump on...
PALANGKA RAYA, Indonesia
The Wider Image: Indonesia's firefighters on frontline of Borneo's forest blazes
An MI-8MTV-1 helicopter from Indonesian National Disaster Management Agency carries water to dump on burning peatland forest in Pulang Pisau regency. REUTERS/Willy Kurniawan
SOUTHEASTASIA-HAZE/FIREFIGHTERS
RTX73QIY
September 20, 2019
Bimpi Permata Restu, 18, who is a volunteer at Greenpeace's Forest Fire Prevention, holds a hose as he...
PALANGKA RAYA, Indonesia
The Wider Image: Indonesia's firefighters on frontline of Borneo's forest blazes
Bimpi Permata Restu, 18, who is a volunteer at Greenpeace's Forest Fire Prevention, holds a hose as he prepares to extinguish forest fires in Pulang Pisau regency. REUTERS/Willy Kurniawan
SOUTHEASTASIA-HAZE/FIREFIGHTERS
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September 20, 2019
Volunteer firefighters try to extinguish fires on peatland forest in Pulang Pisau regency. REUTERS/Willy...
PALANGKA RAYA, Indonesia
The Wider Image: Indonesia's firefighters on frontline of Borneo's forest blazes
Volunteer firefighters try to extinguish fires on peatland forest in Pulang Pisau regency. REUTERS/Willy Kurniawan
SOUTHEASTASIA-HAZE/FIREFIGHTERS
RTX73QIO
September 20, 2019
Farmer Muhammad Rasman, 51, collects the ashes from peatland and trees burned next to his farmland for...
PALANGKA RAYA, Indonesia
The Wider Image: Indonesia's firefighters on frontline of Borneo's forest blazes
Farmer Muhammad Rasman, 51, collects the ashes from peatland and trees burned next to his farmland for fertilizer at Sebangau district in Palangka Raya. REUTERS/Willy Kurniawan
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RTX73QIQ
September 20, 2019
Raniatil Wada, a 3-year-old girl, pours ash from burnt trees and peatland soil onto a chilli plant as...
PALANGKA RAYA, Indonesia
The Wider Image: Indonesia's firefighters on frontline of Borneo's forest blazes
Raniatil Wada, a 3-year-old girl, pours ash from burnt trees and peatland soil onto a chilli plant as she helps her father at Sebangau district. REUTERS/Willy Kurniawan
SOUTHEASTASIA-HAZE/FIREFIGHTERS
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September 20, 2019
An orangutan sits as smoke covers Salat Island which is used by Borneo Orangutan Survival Foundation...
PALANGKA RAYA, Indonesia
The Wider Image: Indonesia's firefighters on frontline of Borneo's forest blazes
An orangutan sits as smoke covers Salat Island which is used by Borneo Orangutan Survival Foundation as a pre-release island for orangutan, in Pulang Pisau regency. REUTERS/Willy Kurniawan
SOUTHEASTASIA-HAZE/FIREFIGHTERS
RTX73QIV
September 20, 2019
A student distributes free masks to motorists to cope with smoke caused by forest fires, in Palangka...
PALANGKA RAYA, Indonesia
The Wider Image: Indonesia's firefighters on frontline of Borneo's forest blazes
A student distributes free masks to motorists to cope with smoke caused by forest fires, in Palangka Raya. REUTERS/Willy Kurniawan
SOUTHEASTASIA-HAZE/FIREFIGHTERS
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September 20, 2019
Students shout slogans as they protest about haze and forest fires, outside the office of Central Kalimantan...
PALANGKA RAYA, Indonesia
The Wider Image: Indonesia's firefighters on frontline of Borneo's forest blazes
Students shout slogans as they protest about haze and forest fires, outside the office of Central Kalimantan Governor in Palangka Raya. REUTERS/Willy Kurniawan
SOUTHEASTASIA-HAZE/FIREFIGHTERS
RTX73QHZ
September 20, 2019
A firefighter tries to extinguish forest fires at Sebangau National Park area in Palangka Raya. REUTERS/Willy...
PALANGKA RAYA, Indonesia
The Wider Image: Indonesia's firefighters on frontline of Borneo's forest blazes
A firefighter tries to extinguish forest fires at Sebangau National Park area in Palangka Raya. REUTERS/Willy Kurniawan
SOUTHEASTASIA-HAZE/FIREFIGHTERS
RTX73QI5
September 20, 2019
Light shines on burnt trees after they were extinguished from fire in Palangka Raya. REUTERS/Willy Kurniawan...
PALANGKA RAYA, Indonesia
The Wider Image: Indonesia's firefighters on frontline of Borneo's forest blazes
Light shines on burnt trees after they were extinguished from fire in Palangka Raya. REUTERS/Willy Kurniawan
SOUTHEASTASIA-HAZE/FIREFIGHTERS
RTX73QHS
September 20, 2019
The sun sets as smoke, caused by forest fires, covers the land in Palangka Raya. REUTERS/Willy Kurniawan...
PALANGKA RAYA, Indonesia
The Wider Image: Indonesia's firefighters on frontline of Borneo's forest blazes
The sun sets as smoke, caused by forest fires, covers the land in Palangka Raya. REUTERS/Willy Kurniawan
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