Photographer's Note

1.05 p.m. - I have been mentioning about haze in my last posting so I thought I must show one here. I was driving down to Kuala Belait or KB as most people would refer to, when I saw this bush fire. It was not very big and under control. In this shot you will see a number of big trees in the background with only the branches left. These were the left over of the much bigger bush fire which ravaged this place back in 1998. It was in March 1998 when Brunei experienced the worst haze in history, forcing schools to close down and people confined to their house. Air conditioners, Air cleaners and face masks were hot items then. Imagine going to church to attend mass with face mask on.
In fact the condition was aggravated by the many bush fires around countries in South East Asia. The extensive clearing and burning to make way for big plantations by companies are also to be blamed. The traditional slash and burn method of farming among the natives in this region was another contributing factor. Visibility was down to 100 metres on worst days. It literally choked the whole of South East Asia prompting meetings by leaders of the affected countries to solve and prevent it from happening again.

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