Don’t worry if you see fires in the forested slopes of Tenerife over the next few weeks, because the island’s Cabildo will be carrying out a series of routine controlled fires to maintain the firebreaks so essential to containing major summer forest fires. A great quantity of off-white smoke is likely to be produced because the fires will be burning damp residues, and this could look very like a real forest fire. It will, however, be caused by Environment Department personnel, who will start to carry out the works today.
They are anticipated to last for three weeks, and will be carried out under the strictest meteorological and geo-physical conditions, and risks will not be taken in high winds. The present timetable, which could well be changed due to weather conditions, should see works start today in the Chivisaya firebreak, with smoke visible in the Valle de Güímar. Works will be done on the Icod de los Vinos firebreak on the 19th, and the Santa Ursula-La Orotava one on the 21st. C24H