Indonesia has been plagued by horrific fires for over 15 years. At some intervals, fires caused such a reduction in air quality that residents living near burn areas were taking in the equivalent of 80 packs of cigarettes a day simply by breathing.
The years 1997, 2006 and 2007, saw some of the worst fires on record, but the original 1982-1983 drought-driven fire was an unforgettable blaze marked as one of the worst fires of the 20th century. It’s not global warming to blame in recent years, however (at least, not directly), Rainforest is slashed and burned to make way for growing cash crops (in some cases, biofuels). Though natives have historically managed forest fires to open up agricultural land, foreign investors, arsonists and other aggressive parties have encouraged intentional forest fires in Indonesia that have unfortunately escalated into uncontrollable blazes.
Source: Web Ecoist