Fireplace on Mount Kilimanjaro seen designed for miles as crews and local people battle to contain flames

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

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

Efforts first began once the fire broke out in the past due afternoon on Sunday.

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

Local mass media reported that communities living close by attempted to put the fire out, however the altitude of where the flames out of cash out made this difficult.

They have also been said that the flames might be seen from Moshi town, that is around 19 miles (30km) far from the mountain and known as an entrance to Kilimanjaro National Park.

The cause of the fire is not established.

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Mount Kilimanjaro will be the tallest peak in Africa , and the maximum single free-standing mountain in the world, from nearly 6, 000m (20, 000ft) above sea level.

An estimated 50, 000 tourists climb up the mountain annually.