Clearing the air over fire and haze: It's complicated, say experts of fire situation in Indonesia

A tourist wearing a mask at the Merlion park on Sept 18. The haze this year was not as bad as the 2015 crisis. In both years, fires were worsened by drier-than-usual weather caused by natural climate phenomena.
A tourist wearing a mask at the Merlion park on Sept 18. The haze this year was not as bad as the 2015 crisis. In both years, fires were worsened by drier-than-usual weather caused by natural climate phenomena.ST PHOTO: MARK CHEONG

Not all satellite data may translate to fires; Indonesian situation is complex: Experts

Singapore is no longer shrouded in haze, thanks to the recent rains.

But the air has yet to be cleared over who or what is causing the fires, which are still burning in some parts of Indonesia.

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A version of this article appeared in the print edition of The Straits Times on October 16, 2019, with the headline 'Clearing the air over fire and haze'. Print Edition | Subscribe