Tanzania: Communities living near Mount Kilimanjaro have been battling a wildfire on the mountain – Africa’s highest peak – that broke out on Sunday afternoon.
The cause of the fire is yet to be established. The flames can be seen tens of miles away
Mount Kilimanjaro is Africa’s highest mountain at 5,895 metres (19,340ft).
The flames could easily be seen from as far as Moshi town which is some tens of kilometers away from the mountain.
According to the Kilimanjaro National Park (Kinapa), the fire broke out late in the afternoon on Sunday October 11. This was later confirmed by the Tanzania National Parks Communications manager Patrick Shelutete, who said the agency would issue a detailed statement later.
It is part of Kilimanjaro National Park and is a popular hiking and mountain climbing destination.
Because of its shrinking glaciers and disappearing ice fields, it has been the subject of many scientific studies.
Apparently, Mount Kilimanjaro is still on fire from last night. pic.twitter.com/vIRjUFV8Dn
— Benjamin Fernandes 🇹🇿 (@Benji_Fernandes) October 12, 2020