Fire erupts on Mount Kilimanjaro: Firefighters battle to put out blaze on Africa’s highest mountain

  • Tanzanian firefighters were battling on Monday to contain the blaze 
  • The altitude of the fire has made battling the blaze difficult, according to reports
  • Kilimanjaro rises to nearly 6,000 metres (20,000 feet) above sea level 

A fire has broken out on Tanzania’s Mount Kilimanjaro, Africa’s highest mountain. 

Tanzanian firefighters were battling on Monday to contain the blaze that broke out on Sunday, the National Parks service (TANAPA) said.

‘The fire is still going on and firefighters from TANAPA, other government institutions and locals are continuing with the efforts to contain it,’ said Pascal Shelutete, a TANAPA official.

A fire has broken out on Tanzania's Mount Kilimanjaro, Africa's highest mountain. Images show the orange blaze which appears roughly half way up the mountain

A fire has broken out on Tanzania’s Mount Kilimanjaro, Africa’s highest mountain. Images show the orange blaze which appears roughly half way up the mountain

Communities close to the peak were trying to put out the flames, but the altitude of the fire made battling the blaze difficult

Communities close to the peak were trying to put out the flames, but the altitude of the fire made battling the blaze difficult

He did not provide more details.

Images show the orange blaze which appears roughly half way up the mountain.  

Communities close to the peak were trying to put out the flames, but the altitude of the fire made battling the blaze difficult, local newspaper The Citizen reported. 

Kilimanjaro rises to nearly 6,000 metres (20,000 feet) above sea level. Around 50,000 tourists climb it every year (File image)

Kilimanjaro rises to nearly 6,000 metres (20,000 feet) above sea level. Around 50,000 tourists climb it every year (File image) 

It was not immediately clear how the fire started.  

On Sunday, TANAPA tweeted a blurred photo of what it said was a fire burning on the mountain.

Kilimanjaro rises to nearly 6,000 metres (20,000 feet) above sea level. Around 50,000 tourists climb it every year.

source: dailymail.co.uk

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