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Abstract

The control towards Indonesian forest and land fires in 2020 is deemed more complicated due to the Covid-19 outbreak. Its rapid dissemination encourages the central and regional government officials to focus the Covid-19 risk reduction through some policies, such as health protocol, social activity and large-scale meeting restrictions as well as independent regional quarantine, causing the controlling process towards the fires to be implemented by collaborating a direct method in disaster-vulnerable areas through digital communication media.

The research is purposed to recognize the use of communication technology in controlling Indonesian forest and land fires during the Covid-19 pandemic period, comprising of qualitative research using data collection through interviews, observation, literature study, and online data searching.

It results the significance of digital communication media for information resources as well as the channel of the fires’ information dissemination for internal task force and externals used by The Riau Province’s Task Force of Forest and Land Fire Control. The digital media are based on android system and website, such as SiPongi application, Info BMKG, LAPAN-Fire Hotspot, and Lancang Kuning Dashboard, while the others used for disseminating the information are Zoom meeting, Whatsapp, Instagram, Twitter, Facebook, and Youtube.

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