Photo: Tenerife Cabildo.

Updated 28 June: In line with the Canarian Government ending its forest fire risk alert, the Tenerife Cabildo has lifted its ban on fires in the mountain and forest areas.

Updated 27 June: The Canarian Government has ended its forest fire risk alert. With the weather cooling down, and with a refreshing mist and coolness in the medianías and at altitude, everything is back to normal.

Updated 4.30pm: In addition to the Canarian Government’s forest fire risk alert, the Tenerife Cabildo has issued its own ban on all fires in the mountains and other areas at risk, e.g. forests, from 8am. The ban will remain in place while the heatwave lasts and the Government’s alert is in place. Specifically, the Cabildo has banned BBQs in recreation areas, all agricultural and forestal fires, any works involving machines or power tools, and any device that could cause sparks in such areas, e.g. brush cutters or welding equipment. Also banned are fireworks displays in areas of risk or near vegetation in which a fire could spread. The Cabildo asks the public to avoid forest paths and areas as much as possible during this heatwave.

Original post 22 June: The Canarian Government has declared a forest fire risk alert for tomorrow, Thursday 23 June, for all the western islands, including Tenerife, and for Gran Canaria. The alert starts at 8am, and is the result of the information provided by Aemet, notably the heatwave that I posted about HERE. Under the terms of the alert, the public is advised to follow all official advice on self protection, and obviously, to take extreme care not to cause any fire hazards, as follows:

Do not discard rubbish in mountain areas, and particularly not matches, cigarette ends or glass.

Obtain official permission before starting any agricultural or garden fires.

Do not camp in any areas other than designated ones, and only then with prior official permission.

The only fires allowed in mountain areas are in the BBQ areas, within the designated stoves, and ensure the fire is extinguished before leaving.

Use spark-quenching grilles on exhausts if driving in mountain areas (I don’t know what these are: the Spanish is “rejillas matachispas”).

Don’t go into mountain areas unless you know the paths and communication routes well, and the way out. Only walk in areas of clear visibility.

If you detect any sign of forest fires or smoke, do not hesitate: call 112 immediately, try to give them as exact a location as possible, and get to safety.

If you find yourself surrounded by fire, try to head towards the area which is already most burnt because there is less material to continue burning and it may offer an escape route. Do not head upwards if you can at all avoid it, and always try to head towards the direction of any wind. Never try to outrun a forest fire: the authorities say that it will move 17 times faster than you can. Finally, never go to an area on fire for excitement or sightseeing: it is totally prohibited for your own safety.


Leave a Reply

Your email address will not be published. Required fields are marked *