Fire on Mount Kilimanjaro seen from miles away as crews and locals fight to contain the flames | World news

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Firefighters are trying to contain a fire that broke out on Mount Kilimanjaro, according to local authorities.

Tanzania The National Parks Service (TANAPA) said, “The blaze is still ongoing and firefighters from TANAPA, other government institutions and residents are continuing their efforts to contain it. ”

Efforts began when the fire broke out late Sunday afternoon.

TANAPA tweeted a photo that appeared to show the mountain with many pockets of flame burning on it.

Local media reported that communities living nearby attempted to put out the fire, but the altitude from which the flames erupted made this difficult.

It was also said that the flames could be seen from the town of Moshi, which is around 30 km from the mountain and known as a gateway to Kilimanjaro National Park.

The cause of the fire has not been established.

Mount Kilimanjaro is the highest peak in Africa, and the tallest free-standing mountain in the world, nearly 6,000 m (20,000 feet) above sea level.

About 50,000 tourists climb the mountain each year.

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