Up in flames: Inside Indonesia’s fires and haze

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Up in flames: Inside Indonesia’s fires and haze

Footage, photos, stories and videos available
from Central Kalimantan



Fires continue to burn across millions of hectares of land in Central Kalimantan, Indonesia, sending thick, toxic smoke into the atmosphere, in what are the worst fires the region has seen in two decades.

In mid-October, scientists from the Center for International Forestry Research traveled to Palangkaraya, the provincial capital, to see the situation with their own eyes. There, they carried out tests using the latest technology to assess the extent of the harmful impacts.

Media are invited to use and re-publish the package of stories and videos from Central Kalimantan, including a selection of photos and video footage .

Photos, footage, and factsheet:

Stories, videos and commentary:

  • Article: ‘Indonesia on Fire Again. And Again?’ – cifor.org/36991
  • Video: ‘Indonesia on Fire’ – cifor.org/37012
  • Article: ‘Don’t inhale: Scientists look at what the Indonesian haze is made of’ – cifor.org/36467
  • Video: ‘Where there’s smoke, there’s toxic gas’ – cifor.org/36476
  • DG’s Column: ‘Preventing fire and haze: sustainable solutions for Indonesian peatlands’ – cifor.org/36585
  • Photo story: ‘Life amid the fires and haze of Central Kalimantan’ – cifor.org/36564

All stories, videos and photos were produced with Creative Commons Attribution-Non-commercial-Share Alike License. Media are welcome to use all content as long as it is attributed correctly to CIFOR. 

This is the first part of a series of multimedia products focusing on fires and haze in Indonesia. More stories, photos and videos from Riau, Sumatra coming soon.


The Center for International Forestry Research (CIFOR) advances human wellbeing, environmental conservation and equity by conducting research to inform policies and practices that affect forests in developing countries. CIFOR helps ensure that decision-making that affects forests is based on solid science and principles of good governance, and reflects the perspectives of less-developed countries and forest-dependent people. CIFOR is one of 15 members of the CGIAR Consortium.