The fire in the North of Tenerife has been considered controlled this Friday morning, as has just been reported by the president of the Island Council, Pedro Martín, at a press conference.
The area affected by the fire is 2,753 hectares and the perimeter is 34 kilometers, according to the update made this Friday by the president of the Cabildo de Tenerife.
Martín, who has appeared together with the Minister of the Natural Environment, has applauded the work of the extinction teams. In turn, García has affirmed that the personnel of the Forestry Brigades, the technicians and all those who have worked to control the fire have acted “like clockwork”.
Martín has also valued the fact of being able to use drones in the intervention that they have allowed get “great results”since it has enabled them to have an attack strategy, while helping to “better” protect those on the front line.
For its part, the island councilor for the Natural Environment, Isabel Garcíahas recalled that in the first hours this fire “was very concerned”, although he considered that “there have been two keys” to be able to stop it.
Specifically, García also referred to the introduction of new technologies, the drones mentioned by the island president, and the “role” that the Brifor troops have had, of which he has assured “the people of Tenerife can feel proud”.
García pointed out that they were the ones who “made everyone work like clockwork” the teams that joined once the fire reached level 2. In this sense, he clarified that although “many times” the aerial means are “spectacular “, we must also highlight the ground teams that are the ones who do the burning or are facing flames of up to 60 meters. “They have managed to avoid many misfortunes,” he added.
Both the president of Tenerife and the councilor Isabel García have thanked the efforts of all the teams that have participated in this fire, as well as organizations such as the Red Cross, which have distributed some 3,000 meals, or the Bodies and State Security Forces.
For his part, the coordinator of the technical work of the Los Realejos fire, Pedro Martínez, explained that in this fire the first operations were to protect the population by high zone of Los Campeches and has stated that the “hardest moment” occurred on the second and third day because the wind turned completely towards the valley “with flames up to 60 meters high” and the next morning when the fire appears in the valley.
Later, he said, the operations “came out again and from that day on the surface has been practically contained” in the 2,700 hectares. Now, he added, we must continue to be vigilant and this will imply that some discharge of water is produced in order to later assess the environmental and infrastructure damage.
In relation to this, he has admitted that he is “very concerned” about the environmental damage that may have occurred in Tigaiga.
INVESTIGATE THE ORIGIN
Regarding the origin of the fire, the president of the Cabildo de Tenerife, Pedro Martín, has indicated that the investigations began “a couple of days” and “there are indications that could suggest that it is provoked”although he has indicated that they are waiting for what they are told.
In this sense, Martín has clarified that “it is not the first time that they occur in the area, two weeks ago there was an attempt”, for which he has requested the collaboration of citizens so that “they warn of anyone they see in the mountains and that could be thought to cause a fire”, since in this case it has stated that “there are few reasons for it to be purely fortuitous”.
Finally, before the heat wave that will predictably affect the Canary Islands again at the end of the weekit has been pointed out that they “do not” rule out taking preventive measures.