Forest / Wild Fire in Kenya on January 14 2017 04:07 PM (UTC).
Nearly 6,000 hectares of the Aberdare National Park has been destroyed by a wildfire that has continued to spread for the second day. The fire, which began Friday morning is spreading quickly due to windy weather. According to the Acting Assistant Director in charge of Mountain Conservation Simon Gitau the fire has consumed the lower moorlands in the northern part of the Aberdare. "We are trying to prevent the fire from getting to the main natural forest .What is burning can regenerate fast since its shrubs, heath and moorland grasses," said Mr Gitau. Over 200 firefighters from the Kenya Forest Service, Kenya Wildlife Service and others from the ministry of Interior have been deployed to battle the blaze. The number of people fighting the fire is rapidly increasing as members of the Community Forest Association from Embaringu, Wandare and Bellevue villages in Nyeri County join in the mission. Mr Gitau said they suspect the fire was caused by illegal activities in the forest but he could not firmly ascertain the claim. "We suspect the fire was started by people conducting illegal activities in the forest but much of what is destroyed can regenerate fast since it's moorland," he noted.