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According to Kilimanjaro National Park officials, the fire broke out on October 11. This was confirmed by the Tanzania National Parks communications manager Patrick Shelutete. Mount Kilimanjaro has 3 volcanic cones: Kibo, Mawenzi and Shira. It is the highest mountain in Africa and the highest single free-standing mountain in the world: 5,895 metres above sea level and about 4,900 metres above its plateau base. Kilimanjaro is a huge tourism money spinner for Tanzania, hosting thousands of visitors and climbers from around the world, annually.

An image of the fire on Mount Kilimanjaro shared on Twitter on October 11, 2020 by Tanzania National Parks.