The first quarter of the year always poses the risk of fires on Mount Kenya due to the seasonally dry conditions. As always our men were on hand to fight fires in January and February this year when they broke out on the northern foothills of the mountain on two separate occasions. Our team managed to handle the January fire. In February Kisima Farm, Marania Farm and Kenya Wildlife Service teams worked together over several days to put out a large fire that spread easily due to hot windy days. Another large fire which was started in the Burguret area was dealt with by KWS teams. As a result of this collaborative work dense forested areas were saved from harm. Thankfully there was some unseasonal rain in mid February which helped to reduce any further risk of fires over the following weeks.
Thanks to a new collaboration involving BATUK, KWS, Kenya Forest Service, Rhino Ark and the Mount Kenya Trust we have inventories of teams and equipment, and protocols in place to deal with serious fires following the devastating fires of 2012. Plans for training with community groups and the development of fire management plan are nearly complete.