More than 600 hectares of Kenya's national park has been destroyed by fire

By Rek Hanibal Published on February 08, 2022
More than 600 hectares of Kenya's national park has been destroyed by fire

Firefighters and local residents have been battling the massive blaze since Saturday.

Initial reports indicate it could be a case of arson, but the government says it has launched an investigation into how the fire started.

More than 600 hectares of forestland have been laid waste, threatening protected elephants and endangered black rhinos.

The fire ravaging part of Aberdares might be contained by Monday noon, this is according to Rhino Ark Charitable Trust.

Trust's Executive Director Christian Lambrechts told the Star that 35 trained firefighters had been airlifted to the scene on Monday morning and were deployed to the most threatening fire lines.

They are from Rhino Ark, Mount Kenya Trust, Kenya Forest Service and Kenya Wildlife Service.

“At least 550 hectares (1,359.0775 acres) of the Aberdares has been destroyed. We saw five separate fires pointing to criminal activities. All fires started in the moorlands near the forest line,” he said.

Rek Hanibal

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