West Sumatra air conditions worsen, blamed on fires in Jambi forest and land

TIME.CO, Jakarta – Chief of Global Atmospheric Monitoring (GAW) Station Bukit Koto Tabang Sugeng Nugroho stated the conditions air West Sumatra (To brag) which worsened due to forest and land fires (Forest and land fires) in Jambi province.

Due to the forest fires, there are two areas in West Sumatra whose air quality has worsened because they are close to Jambi. “There are two regions, namely Dharmasraya and Sijunjung regencies,” he said when contacted by Tempo on Wednesday, Sept. 6, 2023.

Besides that, there are also several areas whose air quality values ​​are borderline between good and moderate, namely Mentawai, Solok, Padang Pariaman and South Solok Regencies. “The metrics I mentioned in the areas are on the verge of good,” Sugeng said.

Sugeng said the air concentration value in West Sumatra for the parameter PM2.5 was in the medium position. “The highest average concentration of PM2.5 was 55 pg/m3 on Tuesday, September 5, 2023 at 09:00 WIB,” she said.

Based on the GAW monitoring of the period 2 September – 5 September 2023, a decrease in the concentration values ​​of the parameters PM10, PM2.5 and CO was detected. “O3 and CO2 concentrations tend to remain constant, while PM2.5 is in a moderate position,” he said.


Sugeng said, if you look at the forecast for air conditions in West Sumatra from September 7 to 8, 2023, it is in a moderate position with PM2.5 aerosol concentrations. “We also expect a decrease in concentration on September 9, 2023. Moderate concentrations on that date will only occur in some areas, such as Dharmasraya, Pesisir Selatan and Mentawai districts,” she said.

Due to this condition, Sugeng appealed to people who have respiratory problems to reduce outdoor activities. “If you continue to do outdoor activities, please wear a mask,” she concluded.

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