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: 24
  • Fires detected: 7
  • Within Sime Darby Concession Area: 0 (0%)
  • Outside Sime Darby Concession Area: 3 (100%)
Click on the map to view details. 
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 10 2 0 2 No fire was detected in the hotspot area before from January to March 2017. However fire were detected starting enf of April 2017. 
South Sumatera, Indonesia 3 0 0 0 Upon site verification, no sign of fire was sighted. Estate management will continue to monitor the area. 
Johor, Malaysia 1 0 0 0 No sign of fire sighted upon investigation on the ground.
West Kalimantan, Indonesia 2 2 0 2 Upon investigation, fire was identified outside the estate and was immediately put out.
Perak, Malaysia 2 0 0 0 Upon investigation on the ground, no fire incident was reported.
South Kalimantan 1 0 0 0 Upon investigation on the ground, no sign of fire sighted at the location. 
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.
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*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.