The government is still silent even as Mt Kenya fire reduces to ashes 80,000 hectares of mooland, in the sixth day.
The fire has so far razed down the better part of Mt Kenya National Park in Tharaka-Nithi county, leading to the death of several animals.
The Kenya Wildlife Service (KWS) has been relying on its limited resources to put off the fire but their efforts seem futile even as the fire enters the sixth day.
Thousands of acres of Mt. Kenya moorlands have been destroyed since the fire began on Saturday!
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The inferno is said to have broke out on Saturday 23, around a campsite near Chogoria.
The team from KWS seems to have gotten tired and stopped giving updates about the fire, the last one being on February 24.
“The multi-agency team and community volunteers fighting fires in Mt
#Kenya have made considerable progress. The teams plan to continue with #fire response tomorrow morning with field guidance from aerial reconnaissance team,” tweeted KWS.
This could be a repeat of what happened in 2017 more than 17,000 acres of forest were destroyed by fire in the Aberdares.
“We have been battling the fire, which is spreading so fast due to strong winds, using two choppers and hand pumps,” said Mr Isaac Mugo, the park’s senior warden.
In such a situation, it is expected that the government would employ resources from he military to contain the fire.