Although, he qualified, now the important thing is to extinguish the fire
Stresses that the Government is putting “all the necessary means” at the disposal of the Canary Islands
SANTA CRUZ DE TENERIFE, Aug. 19 (EUROPA PRESS) –
The acting Minister of the Interior, Fernando Grande-Marlaska, has affirmed that Seprona and the Civil Guard are working “from minute one” to find out the causes of the fire that has affected Tenerife since last August 15, while pointing out that Right now the important thing is to fight the flames and that, in this sense, the Government of Spain is putting “all the necessary and precise means” at the disposal of the Canary Islands.
“Seprona and the Civil Guard are working from minute one on the assessment of what could have been the main focus, the reasons, the cause… but now all the media are especially busy and concerned about fighting the fire and protecting citizens, their properties and the natural patrimony”.
This was stated this Saturday in statements to the media after meeting with the president of the Canary Islands, Fernando Clavijo, with the heads of the units that are fighting the forest fire at the Arafo Advanced Command Post.
Marlaska has placed special emphasis on coordination and cooperation between the State, the Autonomous Community, the Cabildo de Tenerife and the town halls.
“Let’s hope – he continued – that in the next few hours the weather conditions improve although there is a forecast of more than 34 degrees and humidity. The areas where the fire must be attacked and the areas in which defense work must be carried out have been established” .
He has also insisted that they work with the conviction that “we have all the necessary material means”. “We can feel reasonably safe and we hope that in the next few days we can have the fire under control and that the weather is good,” she said.
THE CANARY ISLANDS THANKS THE COLLABORATION OF THE STATE
For his part, the President of the Canary Islands, Fernando Clavijo, wanted to thank the close collaboration with the Government of Spain.
“It is a fire in which we have had many aerial means, with the EMU… -he observed- but it has been the meteorological circumstances that have prevented that on occasions it was not possible to dock by air or by land”.
However, the president observed that the important thing is that the flames have not caused the loss of life and that the material damage does not go beyond a room of tools.
DEVICE FOR THIS SATURDAY
During the day of this Saturday, 265 troops will work in the work of extinction by land –Cabildo de Tenerife (Brifor); Firefighters from the Tenerife, Gran Canaria and Lanzarote and Fuerteventura Consortium; EIRIF; BRIF; HEU; and Cabildo de Gran Canaria–.
In addition, there will be 19 air resources that will fight the flames –7 helicopters (4 from the Ministry of Ecological Transition-Miteco and 3 from the Canary Islands Government); 2 EIRIF; 2 Council of Tenerife; 1 Council of Gran Canaria; 3 FOCAS (amphibious aircraft of the Miteco); 1 ATC (cargo aircraft on the ground-airtractor); and 1 Kamov; plus two for coordination (CUCO of the Civil Guard and ACO of Miteco)–. There are also two other resources that go to the Canary Islands.