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Indonesian forest fires disrupt hundreds of flights

Spreading blazes have sparked a blame game with Malaysia

Firefighters try to extinguish forest fires in Central Kalimantan province, Indonesia, on Saturday.   © Reuters

JAKARTA -- Forest and land fires in Indonesia's Sumatra and Kalimantan provinces are spreading, disrupting hundreds of flights and sparking a blame game with officials from neighboring Malaysia.

Indonesia's largest carrier, privately-owned Lion Air Group, canceled at least 81 flights, delayed 63 and diverted nine other on Sunday alone. State-owned Garuda Indonesia and its budget subsidiary Citilink reported at least 18 cancellations. As of Monday noon, the poor visibility stemming from smog disrupted operations of 11 airports in Kalimantan and Sumatra, as well as 65 flights, according to Indonesian state-owned air traffic controller company AirNav.

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