The Cabildo de Tenerife considers the forest fire controlled after almost a month since its start

This Monday, the fire affecting the mountains of Tenerife became “technically controlled” almost a month after it was declared, specifically on August 15.

This was indicated by the president of the Tenerife Cabildo, Roda Dávila, in the extraordinary plenary session on this matter that was held this Monday in the island corporation. He has also reported that the order to lower the level of the fire has already been signed, according to what is stated in the Infoca (Special Plan for Civil Protection and Emergency Response for Forest Fires of the Autonomous Community of the Canary Islands), and has highlighted that it does not There has been neither loss of life nor housing, although there has been a great environmental “disaster”.

The fire spread over an area of ​​more than 14,000 hectares in a perimeter of 90 kilometers, with 12 municipalities affected.

According to the Cabildo’s own calculations, the fire has caused damage valued at more than 80 million euros.

The president of the Cabildo appears at her own request to report on the fire and the agreement of the Government Council on August 23 in which the declaration of the island as an area seriously affected by a Civil Protection emergency was requested.

For now, the Cabildo maintains the Territorial Island Emergency Plan (PEIN) activated and has adopted a series of measures that remain in force: the prohibition of transit in the affected area is maintained in the municipalities of Fasnia, Güímar, Arafo, Candelaria, El Rosario, Tacoronte, El Sauzal, La Matanza de Acentejo, La Victoria de Acentejo, Santa Úrsula, La Orotava and Los Realejos. The prohibition on the use of fire outdoors (bonfires, stoves, barbecues, gas stoves) and pyrotechnic displays is also maintained in the area located within the Corona Forestal Natural Park of the municipalities affected by the fire.

In the rest of the areas of the affected municipalities, the use of machinery and tools is allowed, although extreme caution is requested when using them. Likewise, hunting activity is allowed.

Roads that remain closed and access to the Teide National Park

Access to the Teide National Park remains closed through the TF-24 (La Esperanza) and TF-21 (La Orotava). Access can be made through Vilaflor (TF-21) and Chío (TF-38). The cutoff point is located in Portillo Alto so that people can access the restaurants located in the area and the TF-523 highway (Subida Los Loros) also remains closed.

The cutoff points of the TF-21 (La Orotava) and the TF-523 (Subida Los Loros) have been modified in order to facilitate access to the farms. Thus, in the TF-21 the cut-off point is located at the station. 16+500, at the height of La Caldera, where the barrier preventing passage will be placed.

On the TF-523 highway (Subida Los Loros) the cutoff is located at kilometer point 13+500 between 8:00 a.m. and 8:00 p.m. (daytime). At night the cut will be located at kilometer point 10+100, where the barrier will be placed to prevent the passage of vehicles.

On the other hand, the following recreational areas and camping areas are temporarily closed: Chanajiga (Los Realejos), Hoya del Abade (La Victoria), La Caldera (La Orotava), La Laguneta Chica (Santa Úrsula), Las Calderetas (El Sauzal), Las Raíces (El Rosario), Lomo La Jara (Tacoronte), Los Frailes (Arafo) and Ramón El Caminero (La Orotava).

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 by the El Portillo Visitor Center until its contact with Trail No. 30 Los Valles (Risco de La Papelera), while Trail No. 22 Lomo Hurtado is partially closed. closed from the beginning in contact with path nº1 La Fortaleza until its contact with path nº33 Montaña Negra.

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