Residents of milimani estate in Nakuru asked to vacate as fire consumes menengai Forest

Thick smoke  is seen spread over Milimani Estate in Nakuru on March 10, 2017 after fire broke out in Menengai Forest/upesinews

BY UPESINEWS CORRESPONDENT,NAKURU,10TH MARCH 2017-The residents of Milimani estate in Nakuru have  been asked to vacate their  houses after  fire  broke out in Menengai Forest, which is close to the estate .

upesinews has established  that the  fast spreading inferno  has already consumed over 200 acres of the indigenous forest heading to areas adjacent to     Nakuru GK Prison.

Kenya Forest Service Central Rift commandant  who spoke the press David Mtoro said the agency’s rangers tried to put it out.

“We learnt of the fire at around 3pm and notified the county firefighters before we rushed to the scene,” Mr Mtoro said.

The cause of the fire is yet to be established.

-This is not the first incident  after a similar one  was witnessed in March 2015 when more than 300 acres of vegetation was destroyed by fire at  the Menengai Crater.

The authorities suspect the current fire may have been caused by arsonists trying to  gain entry into the vast the forest.

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