A week has passed, the fire at the Sarimukti landfill still hasn’t gone out

TIME.CO, BANDUNG – Center for Disaster Management Operations Control or Pusdalops PB BPBD West Java Released Fire Efforts Development TPA Sarimukti from 26 August 2023 at 20:50 WIB. Efforts were made to extinguish the fire by water bombardment for eight hours on Saturday 26 August 2023 and fire engines were unable to put out the fire at the Sarimukti TPA.

“The blackout with the use of helicopters will continue on Sunday, August 27, 2023 at 07:00 WIB,” said the Pusdalops PB BPBD West Java release, Saturday, August 26, 2023.

The West Java BPBD said a fire at Sarimukti TPA reportedly occurred from Saturday 19 August 2023 at 20:00 WIB. Two heavy pieces of equipment at the waste treatment plant reportedly caught fire. Information obtained from the Sarimukti Landfill Management states that the fire happened due to cigarette butts during the dry season. Till now, the burnt area has reached 16 hectares in 4 zones of TPA Sarimukti.

Work to put out the fire was carried out last week. Trenches were made to slow the rate of fire. The blackout was then carried out by the deployment of helicopters using water bombardments, starting on Friday, August 25, 2023.

Efforts to put out the fire with 1 helicopter continued on Saturday 26 August 2023. Water shelling, carried out throughout the day for 8 hours, was carried out 108 times, in each of which 4 thousand liters of water were poured. The total volume of water released from the air penetrated 432 thousand liters.

Extinguishing with water bombardments while still focused on zone 1. While zones 2, 3 and 4 are still shrouded in thick smoke.


The BPBD West Java noted that residents affected by the Sarimukti TPA fire included 4 villages in Cipatat district, West Bandung regency and 2 villages in Cianjur area. Residents affected by the fires were recorded to have reached 3,000 households or 12,000 people from Sarimukti village.

A health clinic and public kitchen have been set up at the Sarimukti village office in West Bandung. The Sarimukti landfill fire has reportedly caused health problems for residents. Reports of health problems include ISPA, lung cancer and silicosis. The smoke from the fires is suspected to be toxic because it contains heavy metals which evaporate.

The fire at the Sarimukti landfill also caused a queue of garbage trucks. Currently TPA Sarimukti is still closed. Work is still ongoing on the emergency landfill which is located before the entrance to Sarimukti landfill. The prepared area is 1 hectare.

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