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Fire season declared in Laikipia County

17 January 2015, 17:56 Steve Njugunah

Laikipia - A fire season has been declared in Laikipia County with immediate effect.

The County Ecosystem Conservator, Mathews O. Ogutu observed that due to the prevailing dry weather conditions, vegetation is rapidly drying up and the fire danger rate is very high.

In a notice to all government agencies and the local administrators in the area, Ogutu said that farmers living adjacent to forest reserves and private ranches are preparing their farms by burning vegetation resulting to a lot of spot fires, citing Marmanet, Shamanek, Lariak and Rumuruti blocks.

He said: “I therefore declare the year 2015 fire season in the whole of Laikipia County with immediate effect until further notice.”

As a measure to ensure any fire outbreak is contained speedily, the Conservator instructed that no KWS employee will proceed on leave and directed those on leave to report back to their stations immediately.

He added that all foresters and rangers must remain in their duty stations throughout, including on weekends and that they should not leave their stations without written authority from him.

Ogutu banned activities that require the use of fire within the vicinity or inside the forests saying if such an activity is to be carried out, a 24 hour notice from the Conservator should be obtained after a written thorough inspection is done.

He said that all forest signs and fire danger rating signboards should be maintained and rating indicator arms updated at all times to reflect the actual state of the season.

He also directed that all fire out breaks be reported to the Head of Forest Protection and Fire Branch with speed to ensure that speedy action is taken to put it off.

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