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Concern over increased forest fire outbreaks

Kenya Forest Service (KFS) is currently fighting to put out raging flames that are consuming Kirisia Forest in Samburu West Sub County.

Samburu County Ecosystem Conservator Charles Ochieng told KNA that the fire might have been started by honey harvesters or illegal charcoal burners.

Ochieng said that the fire that has been burning for the last one week has consumed over 90 hectares of forest cover adding that it was difficult to put it out due to the prevailing weather conditions.

“The weather is very hot, dry and windy thus making the fire to spread fast but we are doing all we can to put it out,” he said.

He said that they were working with local Community Forest Associations (CFA) who have volunteered to control the fire.

The conservator called on government or private departments with firefighting capabilities to step in and help put out the flames.

“Unless it rains, the fire will continue burning. I call on all agencies with firefighting capabilities to come and help put out this fire,” he said.

By Jordan Mwaniki

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