Hundreds battle to contain fire on slopes of Kilimanjaro

Hard winds on Sunday helped fan the fire, however the winds have died down. So far, no accidents or deaths have been reported and no property broken.

“The fire is still going on and firefighters from TANAPA, other government institutions and locals are continuing with the efforts to contain it,” stated Pascal Shelutete, a TANAPA official.

Kilimanjaro rises to practically 6,000 metres (20,000 toes) above sea degree. Around 50,000 tourists climb it yearly.

The fire began on the Whona space, a relaxation centre for climbers utilizing Mandara and Horombo, two of a number of routes up the mountain, Shelutete stated in a press release posted on Twitter.

TANAPA was taking all precautions vital to guarantee the security of guests and their tools, Shelutete stated.

“The fire is big and they are continuing to fight it,” Alex Kisingo, deputy head on the College of African Wildlife Management positioned close to the mountain, advised Reuters.

The faculty has despatched 264 workers and college students to assist combat the fire, Kisingo stated. They have been working with native authorities to assist ship meals and water to the firefighters, he stated.

Winds on Sunday helped unfold the fires, however “since morning today the weather is calm … if the situation continues as it is, the fire will be contained today. This is war,” Kisingo stated.

Dionis Nyato, a resident of Moshi city close to Kilimanjaro, advised Reuters he noticed the fires on Sunday night. The blaze was burning on the decrease half of the mountain, he stated.

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