Mount Kilimanjaro On Fire

Mount Kilimanjaro, which is Africa’s highest peak at nearly 6,000 metres, is on fire.

The cause of the inferno which is believed to be occurring hundreds of metres above sea level is yet to be established.

Eyewitnesses say efforts by local communities to extinguish the wild fires are underway but this is hampered by the altitude of the blaze.

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.