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Tanzania: Authorities Attribute Cause of Kilimanjaro fire to Porters 'warming food'
Category :- Environment Author :- L J KINGAH 
Posted on October 13, 2020, 1:54 pm
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"Though we are still investigating, it seems the fire that was lit to prepare food for the tourists torched the dry vegetation in the area and spread quickly," - Tanzania National Parks’ official Pascal Shelutete, said.

Mount Kilimanjaro on fire

Assuring that the fire is now under control, authorities say the Mount Kilimanjaro, which is 5,895m (19,341 feet) high, a popular tourist site which hosts tens of thousands of people who climb it every year just needs to be ensured. “…we are ensuring that climbing activities are not affected," added the authority on a video on the Mwananchi news site.

The fire which broke out in the late afternoon on Sunday October 11th, 2020 caused a significant damage on Africa's highest mountain, Kilimanjaro.


It took efforts of the members of the Tanzania National Parks Authority - Tanapa and local people to put out the blaze on the slopes of Mount Kilimanjaro. Efforts put in place faced limitation because of the altitude, strong winds, and dry weather which were natural influencer to the wild spread of the fire.

kilimanjaro fire

The blaze which started at the Whona area, a rest center for climbers who use two of the several routes up the mountain proved stubborn to extinguish. Pictures tweeted has revealed the extent of the fire and its effects.

kilimanjaro on fire

College of African Wildlife Management equally sent its 264 students to help fight the fire and distribute supplies to firefighters while the authority were making sure that the fire will not affect the tour guides, tourists, their equipment, and porters.

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