Wildfire Breaks Out Again in Ethiopia’s Simien Mountains National Park

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(7D News) — A second wildfire has broken out in Ethiopia’s Simien Mountains National Park, destroying additional forest resources.

A wildfire which broke out on Thursday March 28th was started by individuals, according to an official from the Ethiopian Wild Lives Conservation Authority. It destroyed 342 hectares of forest in the park. The fire was brought under control with the involvement of residents of nearby Debark town, university students and members of tourist associations.

The current blaze has continued to ravage more forest resources of the UNESCO registered national park, which is a habitat of the Waliya Ibex, the Ethiopian wolf and the Gelada baboon, animals endemic to the country.

The wildfire, which broke out in the Gech and Deromender areas, is spreading fast, ravaging vegetation, mainly grass land, park administrator Abebaw Azanew told reporters.

According to the park administrator, security personnel and local militiamen are working to bring the fire under control.

The world heritage park in northern Ethiopia is known for its rugged terrain, which has escarpments, deep valleys and a high plateau.

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