Rangers combating the fire that broke out in the Tsavo West National Park on August 9, 2020. KWS is expected to give a statement on what transpired. Residents’ futile efforts to quell the raging inferno/ Bill Otieno. The conservation body warned that Ksh.200k fine would be placed on those found lighting fires around national parks and reserves reiterating that it was punishable by law. Police are currently pursuing suspects. The fires in the parks lead to destruction of large tracts of land which endangers the habitats of the animals. UPDATE Wednesday, July 29: Yet another fire has broken out at the Tsavo East National Park threatening the ecosystem of the most popular tourist destantions in Kenya. All rights reserved. Efforts to reach the relevant regional KWS bodies have been futile. The fire began around midafternoon as huge smoke was seen from Voi Town, Taita Taveta. Videos shared online showed smoke billowing from the park as the huge fire spread across the Tsavo West National Park. “#TsavoFire A section of Tsavo East National Park on Fire. The fire begun around mid afternoon as huge smoke was seen from Voi Town , Taita Taveta. This was put off before encroaching into the park. Part of Tsavo East National Park was on Friday afternoon engulfed by fire. In a video shared online, the fire spread across both sides of the Nairobi-Mombasa road along the Mwakitau area. will also keep you hooked with memes, gifs and funny videos. As the inferno spreads, small animals may get trapped as the larger ones are able to escape. A raging fire destroyed thousands of acres of vegetation at the Tsavo West National Park on Tuesday evening, barely weeks after similar incident devastated the park. “#TsavoFire A section of Tsavo East National Park on Fire. By 4 pm, there was no effort by @kwskenya to control the fire. By 4pm there was no effort by @kwskenya to control the Fire . According to residents near estates around Tsavo East, the fire had not been contained as on Saturday morning. The Kenya Wildlife Service (KWS) team, with support from personnel from the David Sheldrick Wildlife Trust, were able to contain the raging inferno in the wee hours of Saturday Morning, May 30. “We will start investigation once we put out the fire. A fire has razed thousands of acres of vegetation at the Tsavo National Park. According to KWS, the fire started in a village called Lebanon, 15km from Voi town. For handpicked stories every day, subscribe to our channel today. The Kenya Wildlife Service (KWS) announced on Monday that a fire which had destroyed large parts of the Tsavo National Park in Kenya’s southeast had been extinguished. "Efforts are ongoing to put off the second one in the southern part of Tsavo West National Park. The fire broke out on Saturday along the Maktau-Taveta Road to the South of Murka, according to the Sheldrick Wildlife Trust (SWT), one of the organisations which were part of the team fighting the fire. KWS teams, with the support of David Sheldrick Wildlife Trust successfully battled the fire, ending its spread by 2.00AM, Saturday May 30, 2020. Both ground and aerial teams have affirmed that the fire has been totally contained,” Njue said. Free Entry. Speaking to Kenyans.co.ke, the Head of Botany Department at the National Museums of Kenya (NMK) Dr. Paul Musili explained that the effects of a huge fire could take up to years to repair. The fire reportedly began flickering through the park on the evening of Friday, May 29 and continued to gain momentum as it spanned into the night. KWS noted that three sets of fires had been reported in the area with one inferno already contained while teams had been deployed to put off the other two. A fire broke out in Tsavo East National Park in southeast Kenya on Wednesday, local media reported. Tsavo East National Park is one of the oldest and largest parks in Kenya at 13,747 square kilometres while the Tsavo West National Park is located in the Coastal region of Kenya and covers an area of 9,065 square kilometres. “Any person who sets fire to any vegetation in any wildlife protected area or allows any fire lighted by himself or his servants to enter a wildlife protected area commits an offence and is liable on conviction to a fine of not less than two hundred thousand shillings or to imprisonment of not less than two years or to both such fine and imprisonment,” Section 102 part 9 (b) of the Wildlife Conservation and Management Act 2013 states. Its existence is, however, threatened by recurrent fires that are crippling conservation efforts. Reports indicate that the inferno started at Lualenyi Ranch that neighbours Tsavo West National Park and spread into the protected area. This is the fifth fire in three months. The park that covers an estimated 13,747 square kilometres is home to most of the larger mammals, vast herds of dust–red elephant, Rhino, buffalo, lion, leopard, pods of hippo,crocodile, waterbucks, Lesser Kudu, Gerenuk and Hirola. Tsavo East National Park is on fire again and it sure has reached, if not yet, a time that wildfires be treated as an act of treason. “The fire that razed parts of Tsavo East National park has been completely extinguished. UPDATE: The fire that razed down over 4,000 acres within the Tsavo East National Park on Friday, May 29, was attributed to a boy who was burning litter at a village called Lebanon in Voi. The fire in Tsavo East National Park. KWS attributed the source of the fire to a little boy who was burning litter at a village called Lebanon in Voi. #TsavoFire A section of Tsavo East National Park on Fire . The fires in the parks lead to destruction of large tracts of land which endangers the habitats of the animals. A section of Tsavo East National Park has been engulfed by ravaging fire whose cause is yet to be established. In May, an out-of-control inferno destroyed 4,000 acres of Tsavo East National Park before it was put out. Watch a video of the fire incident below: An inferno engulfed a section of the Tsavo West National Park on Wednesday, July 22, destroying vegetation on thousands of acres of land. This was put off before encroaching into the park. The third fire broke out in Kikunduku part of Chyulu National Park as 7:30 p.m. and is also being fought by our teams," KWS stated. The third fire broke out at Kikunduku part of Chyullu National Park at 7: 30pm and is also being fought by our teams," said KWS in a statement. Twitter Acres of vegetation were destroyed by fire at Kenya's Tsavo West National Park in the wee hours of Sunday morning, August 9, posing a threat to iconic wildlife species like elephants, rhinos and giraffes. KWS attributed the source of the fire to a little boy who was burning litter at a village called Lebanon in Voi. Now the Fire has widely widely . Nairobi News is now available on Telegram. Tsavo West Park covers 9,065 square kilometres and is a popular tourist destination because of its alluring scenery, Mzima Springs, rich and varied wildlife, good road system, rhino reserve, rock climbing potential and guided walks along the Tsavo River. The fire incident reported at Tsavo West National Park on July 22, 2020. Today (5/29/2020) , fire erupted in the Tsavo East national park. Confirming the incident, the Kenya Wildlife Services (KWS) said they rangers were on the ground trying to put out the fire. However, the fire is still in the park,” said local resident Balzatry Mwakulila as quoted by the Nation. A section of Tsavo East National Park was on Friday engulfed by fire. The fire begun around mid afternoon as huge smoke was seen from Voi Town , Taita Taveta. The Kenya Wildlife Service (KWS) was yet to issue a statement at the time of publishing this article. Since last night, Kenya Wildlife Service (KWS) officers have … UPDATE July 23, 2020: The Kenya Wildlife Service (KWS) on Thursday, July 22 issued a statement over a raging inferno reported in the Tsavo conservation area. This is the fourth inferno barely a week after another inferno razed down Tsavo West National Park. Prize for... Interview with Naomi Musuva: Founder of Health2Organic. “Please spare a thought for KWS Rangers and volunteers who have been battling bushfire that erupted late afternoon in Irima area, let’s pray for heavy rain to extinguish the flame,” KWS tweeted. 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