Mt Kenya fire leaves trail of destruction

Kenya Wildlife Service and Kenya Forest Service officers putting out a fire in Mount Kenya National Park on February 28, 2019. The fire has killed animals and destroyed huge tracts of vegetation in the moorland. PHOTO | ALEX NJERU | NATION MEDIA GROUP

What you need to know:

  • The wildfire reportedly started near Lake Ellis in Tharaka-Nithi County before spreading to parts of Embu, Laikipia and Kirinyaga.
  • About 120 Community Forest Association members have teamed up with KFS officers, KWS rangers, the Rhino Ark and The David Sheldrick teams to battle the fire.
  • Four helicopters have also been deployed.

At least 80,000 hectares of moorland in Mt Kenya National Park has been destroyed by a raging fire that started on Saturday.

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