Ridwan Kamil says no hotspot at TPA Sarimukti, BPBD: Still shrouded in smoke

TIME.CO, Bandung – Governor of West Java Ridwan Kamil said the report received on Monday 28 August 2023 stated that there was no point of fire at the site of the burning waste dump at TPA Sarimukti. “Today the hotspots are gone, only remnants of smoke remain. We hope that in the near future the situation can be resolved,” she said on Monday.

Ridwan said the management of the fire at the Sarimukti landfill was done by water bombing using helicopters, which could be done up to 40 times a day.

Statement reported by the Disaster Management Operations Control Center (Pusdalops PB) of the Regional Disaster Management Agency (BBP extension) West Java said the handling of the Sarimukti TPA fire, which lasted 10 days until Monday, was still ongoing.

“The TPA site is still shrouded in thick smoke. There are no temporary locations for hotspots around Zones 1, 2, 3 and 4, leaving only hot coals under the piles,” she said in a statement Monday.

Fire extinguishing operations are still underway through the use of a hydraulic helicopter boom unit with water taken from the Cirata basin. The focus of repression was previously concentrated on zone 1, while from today the water bombardments are directed towards zones 2 and 3 together.


As of 1131 WIB, water bombardments had been made 28 times, each carrying 4,000 gallons of water. “Based on the observation results of the extinguishing efforts carried out by the joint team, about 90% of the burnt fire area has been extinguished. Why is it said 90% because there are still small fire outbreaks in zones 2, 3 and 4”, according to the statement of the BPBD Pusdalops PB of West Java.

It is estimated that there is still embers at the bottom of the garbage pile with thick clouds of smoke still visible. “The extinguishing of the fire below is still at 40%. For zone one, both the upper and lower surface fires were extinguished,” she said.

The area affected by the Sarimukti TPA fire consists of 4 zones extending for 16.5 hectares. Sanitary posts and public kitchens have been opened for residents affected by the Sarimukti TPA fire. At least 287 residents were reported to have been exposed to ISPA and four of them were referred to Cikalongwetan Hospital. Thousands of masks were also distributed to residents.

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