The flames of a strong fire in a Kenyan nature reserve following military exercises carried out by the United Kingdom continue to advance for third day in a row in the Laikipia district and have devastated more than 3,200 hectares.
The fire has killed at least five elephants and started Wednesday near the Lolldaiga House reserve. As several residents have explained to the media, the fire originated from an oversight by the British military when they were preparing food, although the Army has denied this information.
The flames would have spread quickly to wooded areas. “We confirm that a fire started during the UK-led exercises in Kenya and that we are continuing to investigate,” the British Army said on its Twitter account.
There are currently more than 350 British and Kenyan military personnel participating in firefighting efforts. In a statement from the British diplomatic mission in the African country, the authorities have explained that three helicopters and four tanker trucks have also been deployed.
Thus, it has specified that “the greatest concern is the welfare of wildlife and local communities” and, therefore, has indicated that the death of elephants is already being investigated.
On the other hand, it has clarified that the work of the Army in the area has been suspended. “The maneuvers are canceled for the time being, pending the improvement of conditions on the ground,” an Army spokesman told BBC television.