Updated: Dec 30, 2022
Residents of the nearby village the mountain were trying to extinguish the flames, but the altitude of the fire made it difficult, according to local media. It was not immediately clear how the fire started.
Moshi. Several volunteers including residents of the nearby villages have joined firefighters in efforts to extinguish the wildfire that broke out yesterday afternoon on Africa’s highest peak, Kilimanjaro.
This was confirmed by the Tanzania National Park communication department saying the fire broke out at Whona which is a camp for the climbers on the Mandara and Horombo routes.
"Tanapa is taking all the necessary precautions to make sure all the climbers are safe without interfering with tourist activities," reads Tanapa's statement signed by Pascal Shelutete.
According to Moshi District Commissioner, Alhaj Rajabu Kundya, several groups are already at the scene to help with efforts to put out the fire that threatens the vegetation on the world’s highest free-standing mountain.
"Experts from the fire brigade are here especially their experts, the scouts, besides We Kilimanjaro Destinations guides we are also on the way heading there. We have continued to encourage people living in nearby villages to join efforts to extinguish the fire.
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