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As Indonesian forests burn, new anti-fire agency feels the heat

A helicopter dropping water on a forest fire burning near the village of Bokor, Meranti Islands regency in Riau last month. The province declared a state of emergency, with over 1,000 people deployed to manage the crisis.


AS FOREST fires raged like never before across Indonesia last year, President Joko Widodo announced he was setting up a special agency to tackle the annual scourge that shrouds parts of South-east Asia in choking haze.

But, with this season's fires already blazing, the

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