Fire on Mount Kilimanjaro seen for miles as crews and locals battle to contain flames

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

Tanzania’s National Parks service (TANAPA) has said: “The fire is still going on and firefighters from TANAPA, other government institutions and locals are continuing with the efforts to contain it.”

Efforts first began when the fire broke out in the late afternoon on Sunday.

TANAPA tweeted a photo which appeared to show the the mountain with numerous pockets of flames burning on it.

Local media reported that communities living nearby attempted to put the fire out, but the altitude of where the flames broke out made this difficult.

It has also been said that the flames could be seen from Moshi town, which is around 19 miles (30km) away 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 tallest peak in Africa, and the highest single free-standing mountain in the world, at nearly 6,000m (20,000ft) above sea level.

An estimated 50,000 tourists climb the mountain annually.

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