The Cabildo of Tenerife maintains an operation of 110 people on the ground in the work of extinguishing the Forest fire which has been active in the mountains of the island since last August 15 and has already affected some 14,700 hectares. These troops work to put out the reactivations that occur within the perimeter of the fire, which covers a perimeter of about 90 kilometers. The fire remains uncontrolled three weeks after it started.
The central government declares Tenerife, La Palma and Gran Canaria catastrophic zones due to the fires this summer
To the land contingent we must add the coordination and logistics personnel, who continue working in the emergency, as reported this Thursday by the Cabildo. The corporation adds that the rest of the personnel of Operation Brifor are deployed throughout the island in surveillance and extinction tasks in the event of possible outbreaks.
In addition, there are 15 people carrying out restoration work and 20 more working on the adaptation of forest trails by removing the material affected by the fire that started on August 15.
For its part, the accesses to the Teide National Park via TF-24 (La Esperanza) and TF-21 (La Orotava) will continue to be closed to traffic for several weeks to guarantee the safety of people and facilitate extinction work.
Likewise, TF-523 (Subida Los Loros) remains closed and access to the Teide National Park can be done through Vilaflor (TF-21) and Chío (TF-38) and the cable car cut has been modified, moving it to Portillo Alto, so that people can access the restaurants located in the area.
Prevention measures in several municipalities
The Cabildo maintains the Territorial Island Emergency Plan (PEIN) activated and has issued grade 3 measures in the municipalities of Güímar, Arafo, Fasnia, Candelaria, El Rosario, Tacoronte, El Sauzal, La Matanza de Acentejo, La Victoria de Acentejo, Santa Ursula, La Orotava and Los Realejos.
These measures contemplate the prohibition of lighting fires in recreational areas and traveling on forest tracks and trails. Staying in the mountains and making fires outdoors (bonfires, stoves, barbecues, gas stoves) are also prohibited; pyrotechnic displays and the use of machinery and tools that cause sparks.
In addition, motor vehicles cannot be used on forest trails for recreational purposes. Hunting activity is prohibited in these municipalities, except in Güímar and Fasnia, where it is allowed.
Trails closed on Teide
As for the trails of the Teide National Park, the following are completely closed: Trail No. 1 La Fortaleza, Trail No. 2 Arenas Negras, Trail No. 8 El Filo, Trail No. 14 Alto de Guamaso, Trail No. 17 Igueque, Trail no. 20 Fasnia Volcano, Trail no. 21 Corral del Niño to La Yegua Blanca, Trail no. Butcher shop.
For its part, Trail No. 4 Siete Cañadas is partially closed: from the beginning at the El Portillo Visitor Center to its contact with Trail No. 30 Los Valles (Risco de La Papelera), while Trail No. 22 Lomo Hurtado is partially closed from the beginning in contact with trail nº1 La Fortaleza until its contact with trail nº33 Montaña Negra).