By Joylene Sing'oei
The raging fire that has consumed an estimated 10 per cent of Mt Kenya for the last nine days has been contained by a combined effort of various agencies and the local communities.
Kenya Wildlife Service (KWS) in a statement said there are no more active burning fires in the mountain.
"However, logs are still smoldering in isolated parts. Small teams of fire-fighters from Kenya Wildlife Service and Kenya Forest Service are monitoring the smoldering fires and putting them out.
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|A chartered helicopter carries water during an operation to extinguish fire on the Chogoria side of the slopes of Mount Kenya in central Kenya, March 20 2012. The fire has been put out after nine days. (KENYA - Tags: SOCIETY ENVIRONMENT DISASTER)|
KWS said their investigations showed that the fires in mountain were caused by arsonists with ill intentions. They advised the public to be careful when handling fires during this dry weather conditions.Â@
KWS also said a second fire that has been burning in the Aberdare ranges has largely been contained.
"We appeal to the public to volunteer information to government agencies on suspects who could be lighting these fires as well as report any outbreaks of new firesÂfÂf, KWS urged the public.
Other organisations involved in putting out the fire include Kenya Police, Kenya Army, National Youth Service, British Army, Lady Lori, Born Free Foundation, Mountain Club of Kenya, Serena Hotels, Naromoru River Lodge, Mt Kenya Tourist Circuit, Cieni Plains Company and Popular Traders.