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One morning in November 2019, Andi Zulkarnain and his team drove from Tumpang District in Malang Regency to Ranu Pani Village, Senduro District, in Lumajang Regency in Indonesia. The forest around them looked burnt along both the left and right sides of the highway they drove through in the area of Bromo Tengger Semeru National Park (TNBTS), East Java. Sometimes the fires still burn. The air was heavy with smoke.
The fire has burned the land that Zulkarnain, along with local residents, has been cultivating for years. Everything they worked on is now scorched. The trees that they cared for every day and had grown to a trunk diameter of 20 cm were also burned.