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Mt. Kenya fire out, but consumed 10 pct of forest

An area of forest that was burned to the ground by forest fires is seen on the slopes of Mount Kenya, the second-highest peak in Africa at 5,199 meters (17,057 feet), in Kenya Tuesday, March 20, 2012. Fires that have been raging across Mount Kenya may have been set by poachers trying to create a diversion from their illegal attacks on animals, a wildlife official said Tuesday. An area of forest that was burned to the ground by forest fires is seen on the slopes of Mount Kenya, the second-highest peak in Africa at 5,199 meters (17,057 feet), in Kenya Tuesday, March 20, 2012. Fires that have been raging across Mount Kenya may have been set by poachers trying to create a diversion from their illegal attacks on animals, a wildlife official said Tuesday. (AP Photo/Ben Curtis)
March 23, 2012
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NAIROBI, Kenya—Kenyan officials say fires that have been raging across Mount Kenya over the last week consumed 10 percent of the mountain's forest before the flames were extinguished.

The Kenya Wildlife Service said Friday that logs are still smoldering on the mountain, but that no fires are active.

Wildlife officials said the fires on Mount Kenya were caused by "arsonists with ill intentions." Officials said previously that fires could have been set intentionally to help poachers escape after an attack.

Big mammals that live on the mountain -- like elephants and buffalos -- moved away from the flames and were not harmed. But the wildlife service said many smaller animals likely died.

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