Arusha, Tanzania – A fire broke out on Mount Kilimanjaro on Sunday afternoon, the country’s national park authority said on twitter.
Patrick Shelutete, the Tanzania National Parks Communications manager, confirmed the unfortunate news, but was quick to add that a detailed statement will be issued later.
“A fire emerged on Mount Kilimanjaro this afternoon. Efforts in containing it (are) going on,” Shelutete tweeted.
Eye witnesses said efforts by local communities to extinguish the wild fire were underway but this was hampered by the altitude at which the fire is.
– Mt Kilimanjaro –
Mount Kilimanjaro is a dormant volcano in Tanzania. It has 3 volcanic cones: Kibo, Mawenzi and Shira. It is the highest mountain in Africa and the highest single free-standing mountain in the world: 5,895 metres (19,341 ft) above sea level and about 4,900 metres (16,100 ft) above its plateau base.
Kilimanjaro, one of the wonders of the world is as of today, the 4th most topographically prominent peak on Earth. The first people known to have reached the summit were Hans Meyer and Ludwig Purtscheller, in 1889.
Because of its shrinking glaciers and disappearing ice fields, it has been the subject of many scientific studies.