The Kenya Wildlife Service (KWS) is cautioning the public against setting fires close to national parks and reserves.
KWS in a statement said that it was an offence to flout the directive and doing so was punishable by law according to Section 102 part 9b of the Wildlife Conservation and Management Act 2013.
“Any person who sets fire to any vegetation in any wildlife protected area or allows any fire lighted by himself or his servants to enter a wildlife protected area commits an offence and is liable on conviction to a fine of not less than two hundred thousand shillings or to the imprisonment of not less than two years or to both such fine and imprisonment.”
In regard to the upcoming ‘fire season’, KWS has put in place measures to ensure appropriate preparedness.
The public and especially those living in close proximity to national parks and reserves are however being advised to avoid setting fires close to the boundaries as these fees have the potential to spread to the parks and reserves.
KWS in emphasis said that in most cases, fires set close to their vicinities end up in the parks and reserves and affect wildlife and habitats.
“Fires that occurred in the Tsavo’s and Chyulu National Parks during July 2020 originated from the areas surrounding the parks,” the statement read in part.
This statement comes shortly after KWS put out three sets of fire that had been reported In Tsavo Conservation Area; the first one in the Taita ranches adjacent to Tsavo East National Park.
This was put off before encroaching into the park.
The second one was in the southern part of Tsavo West National park.
While the third fire broke out in Kikunduku part of Chyulu National park.