A wildfire that broke out in Ontulili Forest in the Mount Kenya ecosystem on Monday has already consumed more than 100 acres of the moorland vegetation.
The fire was first reported in the mixed indigenous forest in Kiambogo, Meru County before spreading to the moorland where it is still wreaking havoc.
A statement from the office of chief conservator stated that officers from Kenya Forest Service (KFS), Kenya Wildlife Service (KWS) and members of the community forest association are fighting the fire that is spreading very fast due to strong winds and dry vegetation.
“Our officers, those from KWS and members of the community are battling the fire to [prevent] more loss,” read the statement.
The fire comes barely three weeks after another inferno consumed more than150, 000 hectares of the precious water tower, mostly on the moorland and bamboo vegetation.