Firefighters In Tanzania Battle Blaze On Mount Kilimanjaro

Firefighters In Tanzania Battle Blaze On Mount Kilimanjaro


Tanzanian firefighters fought Tuesday to control a blaze on the slopes of Africa’s highest mountain, Mount Kilimanjaro, according to Reuters, the third day of such efforts.

Happening now: Firefighters battle to contain fire on Mount Kilimanjaro. pic.twitter.com/risk1x4Stv

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The fire, initially fanned by strong winds, erupted Sunday at the Whona area, a rest center for climbers using Mandara and Horombo, two of the routes that tourists take up the mountain.

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People are seen in an area as the fire spreads between Horombo camp and Mandara on Mount Kilimanjaro, Tanzania October 12, 2020 in this picture obtained from social media. Sydney Lawrence/College of African Wildlife Management, Mweka/via REUTERS

A fire spreads in an area between Horombo camp and Mandara on Mount Kilimanjaro, Tanzania October 12, 2020 in this picture obtained from social media. Sydney Lawrence/College of African Wildlife Management, Mweka/via REUTERS

Officials reportedly said that winds had weakened Tuesday.

A Tanzania National Park Service (TANAPA) official, Pascal Shelutete, told Reuters that firefighters and others were getting the blaze under control, saying that it was “almost contained.”

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