Disaster: Fire destroys 150 hectares of bamboo in Mau Forest
SEE ALSO :No burial as relatives fight over landHe said Mau Forest was home to various wildlife species, among them over 40 elephants whose lives were in danger from the fire. “We are working with a multi-agency team from the county government, Kenya Wildlife Service, Mara Elephant Project and the Kenya Water Towers Agency. Residents are also helping us fight the fire,” said Muraguri. Though the culprits behind the forest fires are yet to be determined, the KFS official blamed herders for the incident. He said intelligence reports had revealed that herders grazing illegally inside the forest might have started the fire as part of a cultural practice that is supposed to increase the available pasture for their animals. “Some herders believe that when they burn the forest and smoke gathers in the skies, it will condense and form rain. This idea is retrogressive and should not be condoned,” said Muraguri.
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