You will be fined Sh200k or jailed for setting fire around national parks, reserves- KWS

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The Kenya Wildlife Service (KWS) has warned Kenyans against setting fires close to national parks and game reserves.

KWS on Thursday, July 30 said that the public should shun from setting fires close to this areas, because in most cases the fires end up spreading to the parks and reserves.

Just yesterday another fire broke out at Tsavo East National Park, barely a week after a fourth inferno in three months ravaged Tsavo West National Park.

KWS now rues that this fires negatively affect the wildlife as well as their habitats.

“While KWS has put in place measures to ensure appropriate preparedness for the upcoming fire season, the public and especially those living in close proximity to national parks and reserves are advised to avoid setting fires close to the boundaries…” said KWS in a statement.

Section 102 part 9 (b) of the Wildlife Conservation and Management Act 2013 states that:

“Any person who sets fire to any vegetation in any wildlife protected areas or allows any fire lighted by himself or his servants to enter a wildlife protected area commits an offence and is liable on conviction to a fine of not less than 200,000 or to imprisonment of not less than two years or to both.”

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