Many volunteers including college students and residents have mobilised in Tanzania to help firefighters in their efforts to include a blaze on Mount Kilimanjaro, Africa’s highest peak.
Strong winds on Sunday helped fan the fire, but the winds have considering that died down. So far, no accidents or deaths have been mentioned and no property has been damaged.
Pascal Shelutete, an official with Tanzania’s National Parks staff (TANAPA) said on Monday the fire was still burning
“Firefighters from TANAPA, other government establishments and locals are persevering with the efforts to put the fire into control ,” he added.
Every year, some 50,000 tourist climb Kilimanjaro, which rises to 5,895 metres (nearly 20,000 feet) above sea level.
The furnace commenced at the Whona area, a relaxation centre for climbers the usage of Mandara and Horombo, two of the various routes up the mountain, Shelutete said in a assertion posted on Twitter.
TANAPA was taking all precautions necessary to ensure the security of traffic and their equipment, Shelutete said.
“The hearth is large and they are continuing to battle it,” Alex Kisingo, deputy head at the College of African Wildlife Management placed near the mountain in northeastern Tanzania.
The university has sent 264 personnel and students to help combat the fire, Kisingo said. They were working with nearby authorities to assist supply food and water to the firefighters, he added.
The furnace can be seen from a long distance from Moshi, a town known as the gateway to the mountain, which has three volcanic cones and is one of Tanzania’s main visitor attractions.
Resident Dionis Nyato said the flames have been burning on the lower part of Kilimanjaro.