Kilimanjaro Fire is Out at Last

Kilimanjaro fires on a 3D satellite image last week (Copernicus/SentinelHub)

“The fire has finally been put out,” a SummitClimb guide reported today, after safely descending Kilimanjaro with his party, “but it has burnt a very big area and caused significant damage to Horombo station.”

The National Park Service (TANAPA) says that the Kilimanjaro fire has destroyed 95km (five percent) of the mountain’s vegetation. It is unknown whether the Marangu and other affected routes remain closed to mountaineers, so anyone with plans to go should contact their operator. General information about Kilimanjaro is available here

Tanzania’s Ministry of Natural Resources and Tourism has announced that the park will buy its own helicopter to assist with future natural disasters.

The edge of Kilimanjaro’s scorched earth. Photo: The Observer


About the Author

Angela Benavides

Angela Benavides

Senior journalist, published author and communication consultant. Specialized on high-altitude mountaineering, with an interest for everything around the mountains: from economics to geopolitics. After five years exploring distant professional ranges, I returned to ExWeb BC in 2018. Feeling right at home since then!

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