Food cooking for tourists blamed for Mount Kilimanjaro blaze

Fire breaks out on Africa’s tallest mountain.


A fire that broke out on Sunday onΒ Mount Kilimanjaro is being blamed onΒ food preparation for tourists on the mountain.


The altitude of the fire, as well as the dry weather and strong winds, has created a very difficult task for local volunteers and membersΒ of the Tanzania National Parks Authority to contain the blaze.


The battle to put out the fire is now in its fourth day.


According to reports, the fire started at the Whona area, a rest centre for climbers using the Mandara and Horombo routes up the mountain.


“Several teams including residents, college students and local fire brigade are currently trying to put [out] the fire. Tanapa will continue to take all precautions to ensure the safety of all visitors and their equipment,” said Pascal Shelutete, deputy commissioner of communications at Tanapa.


“It seems the fire that was lit to prepare food… torched the dry vegetation in the area and spread quickly,” he said.


No injuries or deaths have been reported and no property has been damaged so far.


Mount Kilimanjaro is the highest mountain in Africa and the highest single free-standing mountain in the world, with a height of 19,443 feet (5926 metres).


Every year, some 50,000 tourists climb Kilimanjaro.