Firefighters tackle the blaze on Mount Kilimanjaro from a distance

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Tanzanian firefighters were working to contain a blaze that broke out on Sunday on the slopes of Mount Kilimanjaro, Africa’s highest mountain, officials said on Monday.

Tanzania National Parks Authority (TANAPA) shared a picture of the fire on Twitter.

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“The fire is still ongoing and firefighters from TANAPA, other government institutions and residents are continuing their efforts to contain it,” Pascal Shelutete, a TANAPA official, told Reuters.

The fire started at a tourist rest area called Whona, Shelutete said in a statement on Twitter.

A fire broke out on Mount Kilimanjaro on Sunday. Rescue services are working to put out the fire on Africa’s highest mountain. (Photo by Thomas Becker / Photo Alliance via Getty Images)

The flames were spotted up to 30 km in the town of Moshi, known as a gateway to Kilimanjaro National Park, Sky News reported, citing local media.

It was not immediately clear how the fire started.

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Kilimanjaro is a popular tourist attraction. About 50,000 tourists climb the nearly 6,000-meter-high mountain each year.



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