The Kenya Wildlife Service has reported a set of three fires that broke out in Tsavo Conservation Area affecting thousands of hectares at the park. In a statement released on Thursday, 23rd July 2020, the Service indicated that the first fire broke out in the Taita ranches adjacent to Tsavo East National Park, while the second emerged in the southern part of Tsavo West National Park, with the third breaking out in Kikunduku part of Chyulu National Park at 7,30pm on Wednesday, 22nd July 2020.
The statement revealed that the first fire was contained before it encroached into the park, while the Service has since deployed teams to combat the second and third fires which are yet to be contained.
Interestingly, this is not the first time that a fire has razed the conservation area. In May 2020, a huge fire engulfed parts of the Tsavo East National Park but was extinguished in time. A press statement released by the corporate communications team of the KWS revealed that the source of the fire was from a young boy who was burning litter.
— KWS (@kwskenya) July 23, 2020