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PEAT FIRE : HAZE IN MALAYSIA

We flew to Malaysia for the week and was shocked by the escalation of the haze condition. The above is the atmosphere from Singapore to Kuala Lumpur. It is bright and blue, and very pleasant. We know that it is slightly hazy in KL but little did we know it was going to escalate.

This was taken from Marini Bar at KLCC.

The awesome view at Marini Bar. We could see the hazy condition across the city. The horizon with the mountains beyond is blurred.

Cityscape from Marini after sundown. It looked worse without the sunlight.
As the haze condition worsened over the next few days, these are pictures we received from friends living in the state.

This was taken at the coast.

This was taken from our office in the middle of the week.

From a friend who was at the coast looking at a site for filming. Could not see a thing. 
This was forwarded to us from a friend who received this from her friend driving in KL.

A view from the Impiana in KL.
Thank goodness we were due to fly back to Singapore in the weekend. This is the aerial view of the state of KL. There were many plots of land smoking from the ground. We never know about peat fire until this week.
Here is a little about Peat Fire from www.environxsolutions.com/about-peat-fires

Peat has been used as fuel for centuries – its high carbon content had made it useful for cooking and heating since primitive times. Peat builds up as organic material such as leaves, grasses, fallen trees, and root systems build up over decades or centuries. When ignited, often by wildfire or lightning strike, it smolders and can burn undetected for months or years – even centuries. Peat fires spread by creeping through the underground layer, called “duff”. Peat fires are a glowing global threat with serious economic and ecological impacts.

Peat fires usually burn a smaller area than fast-moving forest fires, but they can burn up to 10 times more fuel mass per acre, producing far more smoke.

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