Areas the elephants are utilized most are in the burned out peat lands of the wildlife reserve, which often have smoldering fires that can reignite if not immediately dealt with. They maneuver around areas of burnt trees to ensure the small fires beneath the peat-rich land have been completely put out. This terrain is extremely difficult to navigate through, making these elephants a very reliable mode of transportation where most vehicles cannot go.
Nunu Anugrah, head of Conservation and Natural Resources Agency of South Sumatra province told Reuters,
"We used them to help the mobilization of Manggala Agni's (Forest Fire Fighter) equipment to reach the hot spots.
On top of the environmental impacts from the fires, hundreds of thousands of people throughout Southeast Asia have become sick with respiratory infections caused by the smokey haze that has affected the air quality.