There was chaos this morning at the Santiago del Teide end of the TF1 as a vehicle caught fire inside the El Bicho tunnel. Both carriageways were closed to allow firefighting machinery to deal with the blaze but the incident caused huge tailbacks both sides of the tunnels.  As of lunchtime, Carreteras says the tunnel, and motorway, is open again in both directions.READ MORE

Once again we’re looking ahead to Carnaval, with the poster unveiled tonight for Santa Cruz 2020. It’s this one, designed by Javier Nóbrega, for a carnival based on the theme of the Flirty Fifties (Los Coquetos Años 50). The poster was commissioned this year, rather than put out to public competition, and it even has an animated version HERE! The full website for the carnival, which takes place between 19 February and 1 March, with all details of events and complete programmes in due course is HERE.READ MORE

The Tenerife Cabildo has confirmed that it has succeeded in recuperating nearly a quarter of a million airline seats with the UK, France and the Spanish mainland after the collapse of Thomas Cook. The Cabildo said that the slack has been taken up above all with flights with Jet 2 (mainly Manchester, Birmingham and Glasgow) and Wizz Air (Luton). Nationally, Vueling will also add connections to Tenerife and Air Europa has agreed to increase its capacity in Madrid at peak times like Christmas. The Cabildo says that it is also planning more meetings with a range of leading airlines and tour operators including Iberia, Iberia Express,READ MORE

Updated 1 October: Thanks to Stewart for this latest couple of photos. He says “the work on El Emigrante it is still dragging on. Here are a couple of photos taken near the harbour entrance and Vitamins which show how close they are to finishing the work here.” Updated 1 August 2019: Guía de Isora Ayuntamiento’s town planning councillor Eduardo González has today said that although some of the improvements demanded by local businesses and residents have been achieved, the council is continuing to press the Cabildo to progress works on the Avenida Marítima. González said that he understood the inconvenience being caused and that hisREAD MORE

Updated 1 October: Works on the final stage of the motorway ring road will start in the second half of next month, the Canarian Government’s Minister for Public Works, Sebastián Franquis, has announced. Franquis confirmed that of the 11 km stretch, 5km will be through the “Erjos tunnel”, the whole joining the current end of the TF1 at Santiago del Teide and that of the TF5 at El Tanque, with two junctions for Santiago del Teide itself and El Tanque. Updated 6 August 2019: There were suggestions that a President from the south might make a difference in a few respects, and today, within weeksREAD MORE

Updated 9.30pm: As of 9.30pm, 65% of the island’s supply has been restored. The remainder should get their supplies back by the early hours. Emergency services say that they attended 759 incidents between 1 and 4pm, primarily for people stuck in lifts that had broken down and alarms going off. Despite all claims of certain knowledge as to the cause, the investigation continues though it appears at present to have started in a Granadilla sub-station and triggered a reaction in Las Caletillas main power station: reports on social media of a fire or explosion, however, have been categorically denied by the authorities and Endesa. And athoughREAD MORE