The fines provided for those who access without prior authorization in the perimeter zone of the Forest fire declared in Tenerife on August 15 range from a minimum of 1,501 euros to a maximum of 600,000 euros.
This is contemplated in the Law 17/2015, of July 9, of the National Civil Protection System, where these types of sanctions are classified as light. serious and very serious.
In the case at hand, the mere fact of entering said perimeter area is considered, in the best of cases, as a serious infraction; specifically, those provided for in section b of article 45.4, by which, “in declared emergencies, non-compliance with orders, prohibitions, instructions or requirements made by the heads of the competent bodies or members of the intervention services and assistance, as well as the duties of collaboration with the surveillance and protection services of public or private companies, when it does not entail a special danger or significance for the safety of people or property.” In this case, the expected fines range from the aforementioned 1,501 euros to 30,000.
However, such non-compliance may constitute a very serious offense in the event that it does pose “a special danger or significance for the safety of people or property”, so the corresponding sanctions rise from 30,001 euros to the aforementioned 600,000. .
Precisely, the president of the Cabildo of Tenerife, Rosa Dávila, reiterated yesterday her message calling for common sense so that citizens do not enter the perimeter of the fire that in August affected almost 15,000 hectares of the forest crown, and which, she insisted, continues active, to the point that there are more than 110 people working intensely in the extinction work, as well as in the recovery work of trails and roads.
Not in vain, Dávila stressed that entering that area can endanger the lives of both those who do so without authorization and those who work in the area affected by the fire, at the same time that he recalled that dangerous work is carried out there. , such as technical fires and tree felling that are not carried out if there is no “absolute” certainty that there are no other people in the area.
What’s more, to those 110 people we must add the coordination and logistics personnel who continue working in the emergency, with helicopters, which in recent days have had to face various reactivations, with a greater impact within the municipality of Santa Úrsula. and, to a lesser extent, before small reproductions in the areas of Acentejo and La Orotava.
For all this, the island president recalled that the Civil Guard will sanction those who are reckless and enter the perimeter of the fire.
It only remains to note that the rest of the Brifor Operation personnel are deployed throughout the Island in surveillance and extinction tasks in the event of possible outbreaks.