NewsTanzania: Fire on Kilimanjaro

Tanzania: Fire on Kilimanjaro

Created: 10/22/2022 Updated: 10/22/2022, 5:20 p.m

Feuer auf dem Kilimandscharo
A fire has broken out on Mount Kilimanjaro. Shown here: A fire on the mountain in 2020. © Thomas Becker/-/dpa

Around 320 firefighters are battling the flames on Mount Kilimanjaro. The last fire was quickly brought under control, but this time the emergency services are facing problems.

A fire has broken out on Africa’s highest mountain, Mount Kilimanjaro in east African Tanzania. No one was harmed in the fire that had been raging since Friday, said Nurdin Babu from the responsible regional government of the German Press Agency on Saturday. 320 firefighters have been on duty since early morning. Dense clouds of smoke and winds made the work difficult, according to the information. It has not yet been clarified why the fire broke out.

It’s burning on the mountain at about 12,000 feet. According to a statement from the Tanzanian park authority on Saturday, easily combustible plants grow there in the climatic mountain zone of the heathland.

The Last Fire

It’s not the first fire on Kilimanjaro. About two years ago, residents and employees of the Tanzanian park authority managed to extinguish a fire after a few days.

At around 6000 meters, Kilimanjaro is the highest mountain in Africa and a popular tourist destination. Every year about 50,000 people make their way to the summit. dpa

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