7 firms, 133 people named suspects in Indonesia forest fires

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This picture taken from a Kamov helicopter operated by Indonesia's Disaster Mitigation Agency shows fires burning at a concession area in Pelalawan, Riau province on September 17, 2015. Southeast Asia has been enveloped in choking haze from agricultural fires in Indonesia over the past fortnight, prompting flight cancellations, closing schools and raising fears this weekend's glitzy Formula One night race in Singapore could be affected. AFP PHOTO / ADEK BERRY (Photo credit should read ADEK BERRY/AFP/Getty Images)
Students prepare to disembark from a boat as they go to school while haze from wildfires blanket the Musi River in Palembang, South Sumatra, Indonesia, Thursday, Sept. 17, 2015. Indonesia intensifies efforts to extinguish the forest fires that cause the haze, which blanketed parts of the archipelago and neighboring countries. (AP Photo/Tatan Syuflana)
Firemen spray water to extinguish forest fire in Ogan Ilir, South Sumatra, Indonesia, Thursday, Sept. 17, 2015. Indonesia intensifies efforts to extinguish the forest fires that cause the haze, which blanketed parts of the archipelago and neighboring countries. (AP Photo/Tatan Syuflana)
A helicopter drops water to extinguish forest fire in Ogan Ilir, South Sumatra, Indonesia, Thursday, Sept. 17, 2015. Indonesia intensifies efforts to extinguish the forest fires that cause the haze, which blanketed parts of the archipelago and neighboring countries. (AP Photo/Tatan Syuflana)
RIAU, INDONESIA - SEPTEMBER 13: Smoke rises from a fire in Sumatran forest on deforestation coverage from above with Kamov helicopter of the National Agency for Disaster Management (BNPB) Indonesia in Riau islands, Indonesia on September 13, 2015. (Photo by Sutanta Aditya/Anadolu Agency/Getty Images)
An Indonesian firefighter combats the fire at Ogan Kemering Ilir, in South Sumatra, on September 12, 2015. Smog from forest fires in Indonesia has prompted the cancellation of flights and warnings for people to stay indoors, while pushing air quality to unhealthy levels in neighbouring Singapore and Malaysia. AFP PHOTO / Abdul QODIR (Photo credit should read ABDUL QODIR/AFP/Getty Images)
Indonesian fire fighters put out a fire in Ogan Ilir, South Sumatra on September 5, 2015. Haze across much of Southeast Asia mostly comes from forest fires on Indonesia's western island of Sumatra, many of which are deliberately lit to clear land for plantations. AFP PHOTO / ABDUL QODIR (Photo credit should read ABDUL QODIR/AFP/Getty Images)
An Indonesian farmer covers her face while firemen put out fires in Kampar, Riau province on September 13, 2015. Smog from forest fires in Indonesia last week prompted the cancellation of flights and warnings for people to stay indoors, while pushing air quality to unhealthy levels in neighbouring Singapore and Malaysia. AFP PHOTO / ADEK BERRY (Photo credit should read ADEK BERRY/AFP/Getty Images)
An Indonesian firefighter sprays water to help put out fires in Kampar, Riau province on September 12, 2015. Smog from forest fires in Indonesia this week has prompted the cancellation of flights and warnings for people to stay indoors, while pushing air quality to unhealthy levels in neighbouring Singapore and Malaysia. AFP PHOTO / ADEK BERRY (Photo credit should read ADEK BERRY/AFP/Getty Images)
Motorists ride on a road as haze from wildfires blankets the city in Jambi, Indonesia, Saturday, Sept. 5, 2015. Wildfires caused by illegal land clearing on Indonesia's Sumatra and Borneo islands often spread choking haze into neighboring countries such as Malaysia and Singapore. (AP Photo)
Firemen spray water to contain burning wildfire in Ogan Ilir, South Sumatra, Indonesia, Saturday, Sept. 5, 2015. Wildfires caused by illegal land clearing on Indonesia's Sumatra and Borneo islands often spread choking haze into neighboring countries such as Malaysia and Singapore. (AP Photo)
A man leads his dogs past villagers who try to contain a wildfire on a field in Rimbo Panjang, Riau province, Indonesia, Sunday, Sept. 6, 2015. Wildfires caused by illegal land clearing on Indonesia's Sumatra and Borneo islands often spread choking haze into neighboring countries. (AP Photo)
RIAU, INDONESIA - SEPTEMBER 5: Indonesian fire fighters try to extinguish a forest fire in Riau Islands, Indonesia on September 5, 2015. (Photo by Sutanta Aditya/Anadolu Agency/Getty Images)
Villagers and military personnel work to contain a wildfire on a field in Rimbo Panjang, Riau province, Indonesia, Sunday, Sept. 6, 2015. Wildfires caused by illegal land clearing on Indonesia's Sumatra and Borneo islands often spread choking haze into neighboring countries. (AP Photo)
Firemen work to contain wildfire on a field in Ogan Ilir, South Sumatra, Indonesia, Saturday, Sept. 12, 2015. Wildfires caused by illegal land clearing in Indonesia's Sumatra and Borneo islands often spread choking haze to neighboring countries such as Malaysia and Singapore. (AP Photo)
A fireman works to contain a wildfire on a field in Ogan Ilir, South Sumatra, Indonesia, Saturday, Sept. 12, 2015. Wildfires caused by illegal land clearing in Indonesia's Sumatra and Borneo islands often spread choking haze to neighboring countries such as Malaysia and Singapore. (AP Photo)
A police officer looks a wildfire on a field in Indralaya, South Sumatra, Indonesia, Wednesday, Sept. 16, 2015. Indonesia intensifies efforts to extinguish the forrest fires that cause the haze which blankets parts of the archipelago and neighboring Malaysia and Singapore. (AP Photo/Tatan Syuflana)
Firemen work to contain wildfire on a field in Ogan Ilir, South Sumatra, Indonesia, Saturday, Sept. 12, 2015. Wildfires caused by illegal land clearing in Indonesia's Sumatra and Borneo islands often spread choking haze to neighboring countries such as Malaysia and Singapore. (AP Photo)
A military personnel works, trying to contain the wildfire on a field in Indralaya, South Sumatra, Indonesia, Wednesday, Sept. 16, 2015. Indonesia intensifies efforts to extinguish the forest fires that cause the haze which blankets parts of the archipelago and neighboring Malaysia and Singapore. (AP Photo/Tatan Syuflana)
A military personnel works to contain a wildfire on a field in Indralaya, South Sumatra, Indonesia, Wednesday, Sept. 16, 2015. Indonesia intensifies efforts to extinguish the forrest fires that cause the haze which blankets parts of the archipelago and neighboring Malaysia and Singapore. (AP Photo/Tatan Syuflana)
Fire blazes in the forest in Indralaya, South Sumatra, Indonesia, Wednesday, Sept. 16, 2015. Indonesia intensifies efforts to extinguish the forest fires that cause the haze which blankets parts of the archipelago and neighboring Malaysia and Singapore. (AP Photo/Tatan Syuflana)
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JAKARTA, Indonesia (AP) — Indonesian police said Thursday they have named seven companies and 133 individuals suspected of causing forest fires that are spreading choking smoke and polluted air across parts of western Indonesia and neighboring Malaysia and Singapore.

National Police spokesman Col. Suharsono said 27 more companies and 85 individuals are still under investigation by police task forces in six provinces in Sumatra and Kalimantan on the Indonesian part of Borneo.

President Joko Widodo has ordered law enforcement agencies to take "stern actions" include revoking their forest concessions and blacklisting those responsible for the fires.

"There are seven corporates and 133 individuals who have been named suspects," said Suharsono, who uses a single name. "Those from the corporations include general managers and operational managers."

Some suspects have been arrested but he did not say how many.

In Pekanbaru, the capital of peat-rich Riau province, police arrested general manager of PT Langam Inti Hibrido, a palm oil plantation company. He was the only executive known to be arrested so far in the cases.

Suharsono said in all police are handling 148 cases, of which the dossiers of 25 cases have been finalized, Suharsono said without specifying when they would be filed to the courts.

He said the suspects would be charged with violating the Environment Law and Forestry Law, which carry a maximum 15-year imprisonment and a fine of about $700,000.

Indonesia is mobilizing thousands of soldiers, police, firefighters and volunteers to extinguish fires and is sending 21 aircraft to conduct cloud seeding and water dropping.

Peat-rich Riau province declared an emergency Monday because the bad air quality was threatening people's health and disrupting flights and other activities.

More than 100,000 people have been affected with acute respiratory infections in South Sumatra and South Kalimantan provinces.

Slash-and-burn practices destroy huge areas of Indonesian forest every summer during the dry season, creating haze that angers surrounding countries. The fires are set to clear land for farming, corporate development or oil palm plantations.

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