A fire outbreak has destroyed a 40 Acre piece of forest land in the vast Seng’alo forest in Uasin Gishu County.
According to KFS officials, the fire is suspected to have been caused by some individuals in the homes adjacent to the forest who were released from prison after serving different sentences for crimes associated with forest destruction.
The fire was contained by locals who responded with speed and were later joined by officers from Kenya Wildlife officers, Kenya Forest Service and those from the Uasin Gishu fire fighting department.
North Region Head of Conservancy Benjamin Kinyili and Uasin Gishu Chief Ecosystem Conservator Thomas Kiptoo said that most of the vegetation in most of the forests in the region is drying up rapidly leading to building up of inflammable material thus increasing the risk of forest fire outbreaks.
They said there have been more than five incidents of fire outbreak in different forests in the region and cautioned people living near the forests to avoid burning of grass and other slashed materials while preparing their farms for planting because that will expose the adjacent forests areas and other private property to higher risks of being destroyed by fires.
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