Update 8am: As of last thing last night, the fire is now officially under control. Update 9pm: The Consorcio de Bomberos say that the fire is now stabilized. Hopefully “under control” isn’t too far away. Update 2 September 6.30pm: I didn’t post it earlier because normally these “conatos”, or outbreaks, are put out within a couple of hours, but this one has been burning now for several hours and they haven’t announced it even as under control yet. It’s Tacoronte again, in the La Atalaya mountain area, and a fire broke out there earlier this afternoon. Helicopters and ground firefighters are tackling the blaze. Update 10.45pm:READ MORE

Update 30 August:  Los Cristianos’ Virgen del Carmen fiesta starts its public events this evening with the election of the Young Gala Queen from 9pm in the fairground. Tomorrow, Friday 31 August, there will be an information session from Acción del Sol on pet adoption and animal maltreatment from 5pm in the Plaza de La Pescadora outside the Cultural Centre. This will be followed by various events in that Plaza as well as, from 9pm in the fairground, the selection of the Children’s Gala Queen, followed by a dance with music from Sensación Gomera. On Saturday, events switch to the old harbour, where there will be variousREAD MORE

If you haven’t picked up a bargain in the sales so far, there’s another chance in La Laguna at the beginning of September when shops in the central commercial area will be holding a Fuera de Stock (Out of Stock) sales campaign in which they will be selling goods at cost price. The campaign lasts from 1 to 8 September and apart from normal shop hours, the stores will stay open on both Saturday afternoons and on the morning of Sunday 2nd. Retailers in the area say they hope to liquidate their stock and recoup some investment prior to arrival of the new season’s suppliesREAD MORE

Update 27 August: After six heatwaves since January, five of them recently, and without a drop of rain in sight, Tenerife’s reservoirs are now at less than 10% capacity – almost empty, therefore – and the situation is now wreaking havoc for agriculturalists. The Cabildo said that it is pumping some 40,000 cubic metres of water directly into the reservoir network every day, but that even so, it is not enough. Without rain, growers risk losing everything, particularly in the areas most affected, namelyTejina, Valle Guerra and La Perdoma, all three in the general La Laguna-La Orotava area. This is not a situation that isREAD MORE

Update 25 August: Another new measure is the requirement for those at the end of their paro to demonstrate that they had actively sought work for at least 30 days after their benefit stopped, had been registered as seeking work for at least the 12 of the previous 18 months, that they have dependants, and are not in receipt of any other assistance, this last to be proven by certificate from regional Government or Ayuntamiento. The full measures have been published today in the Boletín Oficial del Estado (BOE); they will come into force tomorrow with retroactive effect to 16 August. The entry in the BOE isREAD MORE

Update 24 August: It’s over … until the next one, of course! Tenerife’s heatwave alert has now been lifted, though the eastern islands remain on yellow alert through the weekend. We actually had rain high above the west coast yesterday evening. Rain! In August! It only lasted 10 minutes but it was a proper shower and everything felt really fresh afterwards. Since then we’ve had lovely cool breezes and today is 28º and cloudy. Just about perfect to start to cool down. Update 21 August: Aemet has raised the yellow alert for Tenerife to orange this afternoon for temperatures of up to 38º.  Tomorrow’s alert isREAD MORE