The Canarian Government has activated its Alert Plan throughout the archipelago as a result of the current very high temperatures and the high risk of forest fire which they represent. The yellow alert for heatwave and gusts to 61 km per hour had already been extended to Sunday, as posted below 23 July, but the Alert Plan means that all activities are now prohibited in mountain areas for the weekend. There will therefore be no access to the recreational areas in the forestal zone, no walking in forest track areas, no camping, nor hunting. Fires had already been banned as of 21 July, posted HERE.READ MORE

Arona Ayuntamiento has introduced a ban on residents of the municipality putting their rubbish out before 8pm. Residents who attended a recent meeting held in Cabo Blanco by the Council to announce the measures said that they held the local authorities alone to blame for the state of the area, and that the responsibility for Arona’s dirtiness was being transferred to the borough’s citizens. Those at the meeting were indignant that there will now be a fine for anyone caught failing to comply with the Ayuntamiento’s new regulations, and angry about what they perceive to be the Council’s manipulation in including pictures of piles ofREAD MORE

23 July: AEMET has this morning extended the alert, which will now be active over the whole weekend.  El Dia The Met Office (AEMET) has issued another yellow alert for high temperatures, this time with high winds, literally hot on the heels of the last one, and the second within a week. It is the high winds that are particularly dangerous in terms of fire risk, though it is thought that Tenerife will be less affected than Gran Canaria in this respect. The alert will last from midday on Friday until 7pm the same day, and will affect mid-altitude especially.  AEMET, Canarias7READ MORE

A pack of abandoned hunting dogs caused chaos on the TF1 near Siam Park at around 9am this morning, resulting in several accidents involving numerous vehicles, though thankfully no-one was injured in any of the collisions. National and Local Police found themselves running around the motorway trying to catch the dogs, which were treating the central reservation barrier as a hurdle as they jumped and raced over both carriageways. Canarias24HorasREAD MORE

A 43-year-old British tourist, identified (as usual in the Spanish press) only by the initials JGC, was discovered dead yesterday morning on a walking trail in La Gomera. Accounts at present are slightly confused, some saying he was found in the La Meriquita area of the Argaga barranco in Vallehermoso, others in the Risco area of Valle Gran Rey. The man had disappeared on Monday, and the grim discovery was made by a Dutch walker around 10.40am. Mountain Rescue services from Tenerife retrieved the body, which has been taken to the Gomeran capital San Sebastián, where an autopsy will be carried out.  Diario de Avisos,READ MORE

The Cabildo has prohibited any fire-making activities in the forest areas of Tenerife due to continuing forecasted temperatures in excess of 30º. No burning of agricultural rubble will be allowed, nor fireworks, nor BBQs in the recreational areas, which are now being sealed off in the forest corona, Anaga and Teno. The Cabildo says that the measures will remain in place until weather conditions improve from the point of view of fire risk. It stressed its request to everyone to do all in their power to minimise the chances of starting a fire accidentally, and to avoid going up into the mountains unnecessarily during thisREAD MORE