Up in flames: Who's burning Tsavo?

Locals and KWS rangers put out a fire in Tsavo West National Park in Mwaktau, Taita-Taveta County.

Photo credit: Lucy Mkanyika | Nation Media Group

What you need to know:

  • 197,000 acres of the TCA had been razed by arsonists
  • 12,600  elephants, the largest population in the country
  • 2009 is the last time a huge fire occurred
  • 400 people mobilised whenever there is a fire
  • Sh82,000 spent on a chopper to fly for one hour putting out fire


The hissing and crackling fire can be heard from a distance and as far as the eye can see, are flames and smoke.

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