Over 240, 000 acres of Mt Kenya forest burnt down, animals killed

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Mt Kenya moorland on fire. [Photo: Courtesy]

Ranging fire that broke out on Saturday has consumed thousands of acres of the moorland section of the Kenya’s highest mountain.

Kenya Forest Service say already 100, 000 hectares of Mt Kenya ecosystem which is an equivalent of 247, 105 acres has been razed down and unidentified number of wildlife killed in the last six days.

Efforts to put out fire consuming Mt Kenya forest. [Photo: Courtesy]

This fire is the 120th case of the forest fires experienced in Kenya since January 2019. In this fire the most affected parts are in Kirinyaga and Chogoria sides.

Environment and Forestry Cabinet Secretary Keriako Tobiko toured the affected parts faulted the approach taken to deal with environmental disasters saying “They often lead to unrecoverable loss of biodiversity yet minimal resources are allocated to tackle the challenges”.

Fire consuming Mt Kenya moorland spreading. [Photo: KFS}

Keriako urged the leadership of the six counties in the Mt Kenya ecosystem to consider unified approach to tackling the fire and to prepare a strategy for handling similar incidences in future.

Team of 120 rangers, foresters and residents with help of four helicopters have been fighting the fire that is reportedly nearing the heavily dense vegetation. Strong winds also hampering process to put it out.

Razed down section of Mt Kenya forest. [Photo: KFS]

It started on Chogoria side and though cause has not been identified conservationists suspect poachers, honey gathers or farmers as possible triggers.

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