Another fire destroys over 100 acres of Mt Kenya forest

Tuesday April 16 2019

Fire at Mount Kenya National Park

Firefighters battling a blaze Mount Kenya National Park on April 16, 2019. The fire which broke out on Monday had by Tuesday burnt over 100 acres of vegetation. PHOTO | ALEX NJERU | NATION MEDIA GROUP 

ALEX NJERU
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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.

WATER TOWER

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.