Mount Kilimanjaro, Africa’s highest mountain peak and a hikers’ paradise is on fire

Mount Kilimanjaro, Africa’s highest mountain peak and a hikers' paradise is on fire

Africa’s highest peak Mount Kilimanjaro has been on fire since October 12, and around 500 volunteers are trying to douse the flames. Earlier in 2019, the Amazon rainforest was on fire, whereas during the beginning of this year, bushfire devastated parts of Australia. As per the reports, Africa’s highest peak is now ablaze, and efforts are underway to bring it under control. Tons of tourists from across the globe travel to Tanzania to climb this dormant volcano every year.

Referring to this, the National Parks Service (TANAPA) released a statement on October 12, stating that the firefighters have been battling to bring fire under control. It also shared a picture of the mountain that showed fires burning on the mountain.

As per as a TANAPA official, locals, firefighters, as well as other governmental institutions are in this task together and are making all efforts to contain it. An official added that as per their initial investigation, the blaze started on October 11, when porters assisting climbers at the Whona rest area warmed food for the tourists, thereby igniting the surrounding dry vegetation.

On October 13, TANAPA assured that the volunteers had managed to limit the spread of the fire, which seemed a bit difficult earlier due to high altitude of the fire, strong winds and dry weather.

As of now, there are no reports of casualties from the fire.

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