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Fire raging on south side of Tanzania’s Mount Kilimanjaro

An intense fire broke out on Tanzania’s Mount Kilimanjaro. Park rangers and locals joined firefighters to put the flame under control.

It is not known what caused the fire at Karanga Camp, which is located almost 4,000m above the sea level.

It started on Friday night at the southern side of the mountain along one of its most popular climbing routes.

Videos show plumes thick and dark smoke billowing from behind a tent camp, as well as fierce red flames that lick the mountainside.


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Sky News was told by a local tour operator that they believe the dry weather could cause a fire at Mount Kilimanjaro.

Abraham Moshi, the owner of Exuberant Kilimanjaro Safaris local tour guide, stated that he saw the fire for the first time on Friday evening from Moshi, which is a small town south of the mountain.

“We were having a barbecue outside. We saw huge, massive flames coming out of the mountainside. Sky News told him that we were not sure at first what it was.”

“We began taking videos, but nobody knew what it was until Saturday [when] it was reported there had been a large fire.”

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Officials are still fighting the fire. Some of his staff are helping to put out the flames.

“Right now, it’s dry season. We are still in dry season. Rains are expected to begin now and continue through November, but there hasn’t been any rain. He warned that it’s very dry and windy, which could impact the fire.

Image: Pic: Jackson Mauki, Exuberant Kilimanjaro Safaris
Image: Pic: Jackson Mauki, Exuberant Kilimanjaro Safaris

Mount Kilimanjaro is Africa’s highest peak, rising to 5,895 metres above sea level. It is located in the north-east region of the country.

Officials are still investigating the cause of the fire. A fire erupted over 37 square miles in October 2020, lasting more than a week.


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