Nairobi, March 1 – Wildfires that are still raging on have charred huge swathes of moorland in the Mount Kenya National Park, local newspapers reported.

The fires, which broke out on February 23, have mostly affected parts of the park that fall within Kirinyaga County and the Chogoria area of Meru County.

Monica Kalenda, acting chief conservator of forests, was quoted as saying that firefighters and members of communities adjacent to Mount Kenya Forest were trying to contain that spread of the wildfires, but their efforts were being hampered by strong winds and difficult terrain.

Most areas in Kenya are experiencing a dry spell and wildlife and forestry officials have cautioned communities in areas that border forests on the danger of wildfire outbreaks.

National Geographic has tips on how to prevent wildfires and what to do when a fire breaks out: