Photo: Tenerife Cabildo.
Updated 5 April: These works continue today in the hills above La Victoria, again between 11am and 2pm, the Cabildo says. People are advised not to worry if they see smoke in the mountain forests during this period.
Updated 4 April: Firebreak works will be carried out between 11am and 2pm today in the La Victoria area and so smoke may be seen in the hills. The Cabildo says that the public does not need to worry because these are being carried out by the Forestry Brigade (Brifor) as part of the ongoing maintenance of fire-safety infrastructure in the Tenerife mountains.
Updated 6 March: The Tenerife Cabildo says that it will be carrying out controlled firebreak burning between 10am and 2pm today in the hills around Icod de los Vinos. The works are being carried out by Brifor (Brigadas Forestales) and are part of the general maintenance works of fire-defence infrastructure in Tenerife’s mountains. The Cabildo says that the public should therefore not be alarmed if they see smoke in the hills generally today because meteorological conditions mean that the smoke might travel around the whole island.
Updated 7 February: The Cabildo has announced that further firebreak works are being carried out between 11am and 2pm today, and so has advised the public not to be concerned if they see smoke in the Los Realejos hills because it will be part of the controlled burnings.
Original post 25 January: The Tenerife Cabildo has advised the public not to be concerned if they see smoke in the north Tenerife hills today because Brifor (Brigadas Forestales) is carrying out controlled burnings in the Los Realejos areas. The work is being carried out under the Cabildo’s environment department supervision as part of fire prevention measures before the summer arrives, and the Cabildo says that the timings of these controlled fires are very closely coordinated with meteorological agencies, and are only carried out on clear and calm days. This means, however, that smoke could be all the more visible.