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Ethiopia’s authorities have asked for help from South Africa and Kenya to put out a fire that has been burning for days in the Simien Mountain National Park in the country’s northern Amhara region.
The 220 sq-km (84 sq-miles) park, in Ethiopia’s highlands, is sometimes called the “Roof of Africa” as it forms the largest continuous area of elevation on the continent.
The park is listed as a World Heritage Site, and according to Unesco is home to some rare animals such as “the Gelada baboon, the Simien fox and the Walia ibex, a goat found nowhere else in the world”.
Tadesse Yigzaw, one of the officials at the park, told BBC the fire was spreading to gorges and difficult terrain, and they were struggling to control it.
Volunteers and residents have also joined in the effort to put out the blaze.
Another fire broke out in the park last month, destroying 340 hectares (840 acres) of forest and grass.
It is not known how either of the fires started.
The Simien Mountains National Park on fire.
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It is heart breaking to observe those endemic animals conserved at Simien Mountains National Park, because of fire outbreak. Please help! pic.twitter.com/XE5BD0RNxK
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