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Title: Cloud Seeding Tomorrow To Stop Smoke From Peat Forests
Date: 16-Sep-2005
Category: Malaysia
Source/Author: Bernama (Malaysia)

KUALA LUMPUR, Sept 16 (Bernama) -- Cloud seeding is being planned Saturday by the Meteorological Services Department to create rain to douse smoking embers in peat forests in Selangor which have polluted the air in Kuala Selangor in the past week.

The Department of Environment (DOE) said in a statement Friday that the fires in the affected forests had been put out but they were still giving out smoke.

"The affected areas are the peat forests in Parit 13, Jalan Sungai Tengi and near Agrotechnology Park beside the Raja Muda Musa forest reserve in Batang Berjuntai, Kuala Selangor," said DOE.

It said several fires were also detected in the peat forests in Kampung Lombong, Bukit Kemuning in Mukim Tanjung Dua Belas (Kuala Langat) and Parit 7 and 8, Sungai Panjang (Sabak Bernam); bushes in Taman Changgang Jaya (Phase 2); and an oil palm plantation in Sungai Belankan, Sepang.

"Fire and Rescue Department personnel are continuing their operations to control the situation," it added.

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