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Foresters in Nyeri zone issue fire notice

02 April 2013, 16:09 Wangui Joseph

Nyeri County Forest officials have asked residents to be on high alert and report promptly any case of fire outbreak in forests as this is the fire season.

Francis Muchiri Mathinji, Nyeri Zone Forest manager, said the move has been occasioned by the prevailing dry weather conditions in many areas around forests.

Muchiri called upon all forest officers in the region to create awareness and alert locals on dangers posed by forest fires.

He said fire incidents in the region have rapidly increased as a result of the prevailing weather conditions resulting to dry vegetation.

He further appealed to all stakeholders to assist in extinguishing the fires whenever they start so as to save the natural resources which also serve as heritage to animals.

The manager directed that all forest staffs on leave to resume duties and none should leave their stations without approval during the season.

Forest rangers will also remain in their respective work places 24/7.

Mathinji ordered that no one should set ablaze any vegetation within or near the forest and if any, must be in accordance with the law.

He also directed that patrols be intensified and all vehicles be serviced and put on standby for use in the event of fire outbreaks while extinguishing equipment and tools must be serviceable and readily available for immediate use.

Mathinji observed that most fire - prone areas in Mount Kenya region include Nanyuki, Gathiuru, Naromoru and Kabaru while those in the Aberdare Ranges are Laikipia South, Birichia, and Gataragwa areas.

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