Fire in NNP

By Will Knocker:

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A couple of weeks ago at the height of the drought I could see a huge fire in the Park from my home in the Silole Sanctuary…

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Plumes of smoke drifting towards Wilson Airport

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What the heck was going on?

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My daughter Lucy & I decided to investigate…

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Driving into the Park we could see that the plains above Olomanyi Dam were on fire..

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Fire is scarey & one could only imagine what was happening in the several thousand acres of grassland now ablaze..

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But fire is an absolute feature of the savannah &¬†some of the grassland¬†areas of the Park could do with a Controlled Burn to remove the tall, rank, inedible grass ….

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A large part of the plains below the Langata forest (Narok Omom, meaning Black Head in Maa: mangled into the ‘Nangolomon’ known today) was burnt…

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KWS were backburning & controlling the blaze on the verges of the tracks, which acted as windbreaks.

Luckily the wind had died down…

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Within a few days, hungry zebra made thin by the recent drought, were in the Burn area, grazing on the fresh green shoots…

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Within a few weeks & a downpour of rain from one of the localised storms which has been the norm so far these Short Rains & there were hundreds zebra, kongoni & gnus enjoying the new growth of grass, free from predators, on the clean short-grass plain….

THE END

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