Forest Fires Turn Indonesian Sky Blood Red

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Indonesian skies turned blood red over the weekend due to widespread forest fires which have been burning for the past couple of weeks.

The fires have plagued huge parts of the country, with thick blankets of smog covering the region of Jambi province and making it difficult for people to see and breathe.

Believed to have started after farmers burned waste crops on agricultural land, the forest fires have forced locals to cover their faces with masks to prevent themselves from inhaling the smoke.

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this is the newest condition of my hometown, Jambi Province, without any filter. at the moment, Indonesia is fighting for forest fire. It's been a couple months since the last time we- pic.twitter.com/Eqte8ahsjo

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Footage from Jambi province shows the horrifying scenes locals are currently faced with, with one person saying its been a couple of months since the last time they breathed fresh air.

As reported by BBC News, one resident in the province who had also captured pictures of the red sky said the haze continued to hurt her eyes and throat.

Each year, Indonesia is struck by forest fires that create a smoky haze and end up blanketing the entire South East Asian region. A meteorology expert told the BBC the red sky was caused by a phenomenon known as Rayleigh scattering.

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As per The Rakyat Post, this phenomenon occurs when sunlight is scattered by molecules in the air, with the smog and dust particles from the blaze effectively filtering out shorter wavelengths of light such as blues and greens.

Astronomer Marufin Sudibyo said that sunlight was fragmented through the dense clouds of smoke particles, hence causing the red appearance.

He said, as per MailOnline:

Rayleigh Scattering happens when sunlight is dispersed by smoke, dust or airborne particles that filter shorter wavelengths and release longer wavelengths that are in the orange or red spectrum, making the area appear to be dim and red.

The fires began burning through the island of Sumatra and parts of Borneo Island last month, causing clouds of smog across the region and in neighbouring countries.

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