Tenerife expects a “very tough” night due to the forest fire declared on Tuesday, which has already devastated more than 8,400 hectares and has a perimeter of 70 kilometers, with a total of 11 municipalities affected. The two towns with the greatest surface area damage are La Orotava and Candelaria.
Follow the last hour of the fire in Tenerife
The fire continues out of control, especially in the north, where only 20% of the flanks have been stabilized, according to the president of the Canary Islands, Fernando Clavijo, at the last press conference this Saturday on the evolution of the incident. forest.
The entire southern strip is more or less controlled, 90%. But the development of the flames during this night is very worrying, especially in the municipalities of La Orotava and Los Relajos. The potential of the fire is “enormous”, added Clavijo, and it could burn 21,000 hectares on the island of Tenerife, added the technical director of Emergencies of the Cabildo de Gran Canaria, Federico Grillo, who has recently joined the emergency operation.
The technical director of the extinction, Pedro Martínez, has affirmed that during the day there have been some virulent reactivations that could be repeated at night. He has also affirmed that one of the flanks that he most worried about, that of Santa Úrsula, has advanced discontinuously.
The weather is not playing in favor of the firefighters and the rest of the workers in the face of the flames. In the next few hours there may be winds of up to 65 kilometers per hour that “can make us have a hard time.” The president of the Tenerife Cabildo, Rosa Dávila, has warned the population about the images of the fire that could be seen tonight. And she then assured that “the priority is to safeguard people’s lives.” So far, he has riveted, there are no damaged homes.
More than 150 firefighters will work tonight. The global number of troops, adding logistics and security, may be in the 500s. During Saturday, 19 air means have acted and tomorrow there will be 22.
The advance of the fire has forced the evacuation of 12,679 people. This Saturday, the Minister of Social Welfare of the Canary Islands Government, Candelaria Delgado, advanced the figure of 26,000 evicted, but that value referred to the census of populations foreseeably affected. According to the information collected by the security forces and local administrations, the real number of residents evacuated exceeds 12,000.
The last of them took place late this afternoon in the recreational area of Las Lagunetas; and in the nuclei located within the area with the northern limit of the Camino Real Orotava, from the TM of El Sauzal, continuing along the TF-226 Highway to San Cristóbal de La Laguna; the western limit of El Sauzal; the Eastern Limit of San Cristóbal de La Laguna; and the southern limit the mountain.
Of the total number of evacuees, some 700 residents have decided to take advantage of the services offered to spend the night.