The fire that broke out at the Haladege Asebot National Park candidate has been contained
After four days of efforts, the fire that broke out in Haladege Asebot National Park has been brought under control.
Ahmed Idris, coordinator of the park office, told ENA: The fire that broke out in the northern part of the park on March 2, 2013 was man-made.
"The four-day fire damaged more than 100 square kilometers of park grass, shrubs, wildlife and birds," he said.
He said efforts were made to control the fire until noon yesterday.
He thanked the Afar Regional State Fire Brigade and government development organizations, the National Defense Forces, Amibara and Haruka woreda leaders and the local community for their participation in the inspection.
He said a working group of stakeholders will be formed to identify the general damage to the park and put in place solutions to prevent similar problems.
He said previous fires in the park were a threat to the park's survival.
He said the park is working in collaboration with Oda-Bultu University and Red Plus.
He said efforts are being made to create a strong partnership by strengthening the connection of the local community with the park.
Halaidege Asebot National Park, located in the Afar and Oromia regions, has been a wildlife sanctuary since 1965 and has grown into a candidate park in 2006, including a variety of wildlife and birds.