Hotspot Alert 2017

Welcome to the Sime Darby Hotspot Dashboard. This Dashboard tracks and reports hotspots occurring within our concession areas. Sime Darby Plantation (SDP) implemented zero burning policy in 1985, and we strictly adhere to it. Read more.

To view hotspot details, click on a region in the map below.
Hotspot Management at Sime Darby Plantation
Sime Darby Plantation strictly practises a zero burning policy throughout our operations since 1985, and was recognised by the United Nations (Environment Programme’s Global 500 Roll of Honour) for Environmental Achievement in 1992.

However, in areas where there are communities and smallholders occupying parts of our concession area, communities plant cash crops as well as oil palm and fires may occur in these areas.

While we take all necessary precautions to prevent community fires from spreading to estate areas, in some cases, fires occurring on peat soil or mineral soil may spread to our operations. Peat fire can travel undetected underground while on mineral soil, winds can blow sparks into our planted area. In this events, we respond immediately to contain and put out the fire.

For detailed information on our fire prevention measures, click here.

Detailed reports of our actions on a case by case basis can be found at each of the hotspot incidence.
  • Total hotspots detected: 60
  • Fires detected: 31
  • Within Sime Darby Concession Area: 1 (0%)
  • Outside Sime Darby Concession Area: 30 (100%)
Click on the map to view details. 
Summary
Location Number of Hotspots Number of Fires Detected Inside Concession Area Outside Concession Area Description / Updates
Sarawak, Malaysia 2 2 0 2 Fires were due to land clearing by community farmers. 
Riau, Indonesia 15 5 0 5 No fire was detected in the hotspot area before from January to March 2017. However fire were detected starting end of April 2017. 
South Sumatera, Indonesia 8 3 0 3 There was no sign of fire sighted before June. 
Fire was detected on a community land on 25 June with a radius of 2.5 km from the estate border. The fire was caused by the community for land clearing. A total of 5 ha was affected. Fire was already extinguished at the time of inspection. A police report was lodge on the use of fire for land clearing. Estate management will continue to monitor the area and provide necessary assistance on fire management to the community. 

Fire was detected on 29 June within a private land outside the estate boundary. Fire was extinguished at the time of inspection. A total of 0.6 ha was affected. The estate had lodged a police report and will continue to monitor the area to prevent fire outbreak or recurrence. 

On 2 July, fire was detected in a nearby community area for land clearing. PT Guthrie Pecconina Indonesia Firefighting Team attended to the scene and fire was extinguished on the same day. Nevertheless, estate management will continue to monitor the area for any fire outspread or recurrence. 
Johor, Malaysia 1 0 0 0 No sign of fire sighted upon investigation on the ground.
West Kalimantan, Indonesia 8 7 0 7 Fire occurrences started on June. Estate management will continue to monitor the area for any fire outspread or recurrence and engage the community on fire management practices.  
 
Perak, Malaysia 2 0 0 0 Upon investigation on the ground, no fire incident was reported.
South Kalimantan, Indonesia 2 1 0 1 Upon investigation on the ground, no sign of fire sighted at the location. 
On 10 June, fire was sighted  within a community area 2km from the estate border. A total of 10 ha land was affected by the fire. Fire was already extinguished during inspection.
Central Sulawesi, Indonesia 1 0 0 0 No sign of fire sighted at the location upon inspection on the ground.
Bomi County, Liberia 1 1 0 1 Upon inspection on the ground, fire was detected outside company's planted area. A total of 2.0ha was affected. Fire was extinguished. 
Kedah, Malaysia 1 0 0 0 Upon inspection on site, no sign of fire sighted at the location.
Aceh, Indonesia 1 1 0 1 Upon inspection, there was no fire detected within operation area. Nevertheless, fire was detected within a nearby community area, Desa Cik Mbon. Estate management will continue to monitor the area and provide necessary assistance to the community on fire management.
Ramu Valley, Papua New Guinea 8 8 1 7 Fire was detected stating form 13 June. Estate management will continue to monitor the area for any fire outbreak or recurrence. 


Jambi 1 0 0 0 Upon investigation, no fire was detected at the location and nearby area. Estate management will continue to monitor the area for any fire outspread or recurrence. 
 
Bangka Belitung Islands, Indonesia 7 3 0 3 Fire occurrences were detected starting from 25 July. Estate management will continue to monitor and engage community to discuss on fire mitigation practices. 
Sabah, Malaysia 1 0 0 0 No sign of fire was sighted upon investigation. Nevertheless, estate management will continue to monitor the area for any fire outspread or recurrence. 
Milney Bay, Papua New Guinea 1 1 0 1 Upon ground investigation, fire was detected near the estate boundary. The fire was extinguished naturally by rain on the same day. Estate management will continue to monitor the area and take necessary measures to prevent fire occurrence. 
For enquiries or further information, kindly write to us at communications@simedarby.com
*Hotspots are detected by the NASA satellite as areas with a ground temperature exceeding a certain threshold.
*Fires are detected through ground verification by on-site estate team.