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Fire in the Aberdare Ranges finally extinquished

Date Published: 30 Mar, 2012
Fire in the Aberdare Ranges finally extinquished

A scenic view of the Aberdare mountain slopes. The fire that has been raging in the Aberdare Ranges for the last two weeks has finally been extinguished.

The fire that has been raging in the Aberdare Ranges for the last two weeks has finally been extinguished. The fire was put out with the aid of rains and joint efforts of the local community, Kenya Wildlife Service, Kenya Forest Service, Kenya Army and the National Youth Service.  The total area destroyed by the fire is estimated at 5,000 hectares.The fire broke out on March 15 in the moorlands and since then it has spread fast due to dry vegetation, strong winds and high temperatures during the day.

The areas seriously affected by the fire outbreak include the grassland areas on the moorlands which got burned last year. So far, the fire outbreak has not destroyed the indigenous/bamboo forest. We would like to express our appreciation to the local community, Kenya Forest Service, the Kenya Army and National Youth Service for helping in fighting the fire. We are also grateful to the well-wishers who supported us with fuel and food supplies as well as the media for updating the public on efforts to contain the fire.

To you all, we say, THANK YOU.
 

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