Thu, 18 Aug 1994

Merbabu forests razed by fire

SALATIGA, Central Java: Several hectares of forest on Mount Merbabu in Ampel and Getasan districts have been destroyed by fire.

The authorities are still investigating the cause of the fire.

Forest rangers and locals worked hand in hand to put the fire out by cutting down trees. Strong winds, however, caused the fire to spread.

The fire was extinguished completely after a three-hour struggle. There have not yet been any reports about mountain climbers trapped in the fire. Merbabu's summit is a popular target for young climbers. (har)