The Kenya Forest Service (KFS) has issued a fire alert in all forested areas of Makueni County.
In a statement sent out on Tuesday, County Ecosystem Conservator, Joseph Wakiaga said due to the prevailing dry weather conditions, almost all vegetation across the County was rapidly drying up posing a risk to forests in case of a fire outbreak.
Wakiaga cautioned farmers living near forests against using fires to clear their farms and asked them to use alternative methods to avert fire outbreaks.
”Burning of vegetation near or within the forests is prohibited during this season. Any farmer who intends to burn any vegetation on areas adjacent to forest reserves should seek permission from KFS,” he directed.
Following the fire alert, the Conservator announced that all KFS staff on leave had been recalled to be on standby and help in case of fire.
”KFS staff will also intensify fire patrols and man all fire watch points on a daily basis,” assured Wakiaga.
He called on residents to report immediately any forest fire outbreak so that it could be contained to avoid long term damages and losses.
We ask all the residents to report as soon as possible any forest fires to KFS or any other relevant authorities for immediate action, said the conservator.
The fire alert comes barely weeks after several acres of Katende Forest were destroyed by a raging inferno. Other forests prone to fires are Makuli and Nzaui.
Source: Kenya News Agency