Reportedly, there was a fire outbreak on Mount Kilimanjaro on Sunday afternoon. The authorities were trying to contain it, Tanzania’s National Parks service (TANAPA) said.
Meanwhile, the parks service posted a blurry photograph on its Twitter account of what appeared to be Mount Kilimanjaro with several pockets of flames burning on it, with the message: “A fire emerged on Mount Kilimanjaro this afternoon. Efforts in containing it (are) going on. More details to follow.”
TANAPA official Pascal Shelutete told Reuters by phone on Sunday evening that he had no further details.
Mount Kilimanjaro is Africa’s highest peak, at nearly 6,000 metres (20,000 ft) above sea level. Around 50,000 tourists climb Kilimanjaro annually.
Mount Kilimanjaro is a dormant volcano in Tanzania. So it has 3 volcanic cones: Kibo, Mawenzi and Shira.
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Communities living near the peak were trying to extinguish the flames, but the altitude of the fire made it difficult, according to local media. It was not immediately clear how the fire started.
However, an initial image showed flames on the mountain, showing an orange blaze about midway up Africa’s highest peak.
Local newspaper The Citizen said communities situated near the peak were trying to put out the flames, but the altitude of the fire made battling the blaze difficult.