The fire eruption on Mt. Kilimanjaro on Sunday is reportedly under control after the Tanzanian government deployed helicopters and planes with fire fighting capabilities to assist a group of more than 500 volunteers.
“We would like to inform the public that the exercise to put off the blaze that erupted on Mount Kilimanjaro is ongoing but the fire is largely under control,” said Kigwangalla in a statement.
Reports suggest that a camp of European mountaineers had to be broken up around midnight because of the raging flames and the hot temperatures
According to the report by tourism minister tourism activities were not affected by the fire
The fire began on Sunday in the southern part of Kilimanjaro, in the Whona area between the Mandara and Horombo huts at 2,700 and 3,725 meters, respectively.
These are the only overnight accommodations for tourists who climb the mountain via the Marungu route.
According to the minister, the flames already destroyed some 28 square kilometers of mainly tree heather and also the Horombo Tourist Camp, including twelve huts, two toilets and solar energy installations.
The height and poor accessibility of the area, with only footpaths, made containing the more difficult.
The cause of the fire has not been know till now