In Indonesia's Riau province, blazes are back as fire proves to be a hard habit to break

This picture taken on Aug 21, 2019 shows an Indonesian firefighter battling a forest fire in Pekanbaru, Riau in Indonesia.
This picture taken on Aug 21, 2019 shows an Indonesian firefighter battling a forest fire in Pekanbaru, Riau in Indonesia.PHOTO: AFP

PEKANBARU - In the village of Kemang, about 60km from the Riau's provincial capital Pekanbaru, a lone firefighting helicopter water bombs a stubborn blaze which is into its second day.

In tight one-minute circuits, the pilot of the Bell 214 - a descendant of the Huey helicopters used by the United States during the Vietnam War - dumps water from the murky Nilo River 600 litres at a time.

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