(Posted 21st March 2022)
|Mount Kenya Fires|
|WHAT’S GOING ON?|
Teams from Mount Kenya Trust, Rhino Ark, the Kenya Wildlife Service, the Kenya Forest Service and the communities adjacent to the fires have been battling fires in the northern Aberdares and on Mount Kenya since the begging of February.
An incredible job has been done of keeping the fires under control. MKT and Rhino Ark trained 60 rangers at the end of 2019 and it has paid off hugely.
For 6 days we have had three separate fires that have dogged the teams – one huge one at Mbaru crater was controlled in two days. One in the Sirimon area that was controlled is now is very dangerously out of control, having flared up from underground.
The daily temperatures and wind speeds have been increasing steadily and there is no sign of rain at all.
Yesterday we made the difficult but correct decision to launch helicopters to support the ground teams with water bombing.
Tropic Air ran two choppers for 3 hours each this morning but we are still battling. We have sent the choppers back in to drop on a major flare up and the bills are mounting.
Tropic Air have donated an hour and are charging the conservation rates for the other hours but choppers are choppers and the cost of flying them is high.
We have had some very generous donations to date, thank you so much to those who have helped so far. We are now appealing to others to help out any way they can.
|YOU CAN HELP!|
Please consider making a donation with what you can manage to help the dedicated fire fighters. We need funds for rations and aviation support.
Paybill No. 329142
Account: ‘Fire’.Bank Transfer:
Bank: Standard Chartered Bank Ltd.
Account Name: Bill Woodley Mount Kenya Company
KSh Account Number: 0108033190000
Swift Code: SCBLKENXXXX
For US$ Account use the same details above but the account number below:
US$ Account number: 8702033190000Or use your card:
You can also donate via ‘Enthuse’ with a credit or debit card. The donation will be sent to our Mount Kenya Trust UK Charity account in GB £. Click the button below to take you to the site.
|The teams have been working tirelessly starting before dawn each day.|