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The forest fire in the Canary Islands is out of control: the resorts of the island become a burning hell

Date: July 20, 2024 Time: 00:26:13

The area of ​​the fire reached 3,273 hectares in a perimeter of 40 kilometers


In Spanish Tenerife, the largest island in the Canary archipelago, a forest fire covered an area of ​​3.2 thousand hectares, completely out of the control of firefighters and leaving a devastating trail. The president of the Canarian Government, Fernando Clavijo Batlle, said that putting out the fire was a difficult task due to the difficult terrain, unstable weather and dense smoke.

The situation was further complicated by the fact that Tenerife is currently in the velvet season for a beach holiday, which attracts tourists from all over the world. The sea temperature does not drop below 24 degrees and the air warms up to a pleasant 28 degrees. However, the peaceful atmosphere was overshadowed by a sinister fire that devoured nearby forests and eight municipalities.

The area of ​​the fire reached 3,273 hectares in a perimeter of 40 kilometers, covering the municipalities of Arafo, Candelaria, El Rosario, La Orotava, Santa Úrsula, La Victoria, El Sauzal and Tacoronte, reported the Canarian rescue service.

The island authorities have raised the alert level to 2 (on a scale from 0 to 3) and have started rescue operations within the framework of the Special Emergency and Civil Protection Plan. Approximately 4.5 thousand local residents located in the zone of possible spread of the fire were ordered to leave their homes.

Some 270 firefighters, supported by dozens of special equipment and aviation units, participate in putting out forest fires. They were joined by other rescue services on the island, who helped in the evacuation of the inhabitants of remote villages. Most of the main roads in Tenerife are now on fire, so it is no longer possible to drive on them with normal cars.

The Spanish media were awash with video of eyewitnesses horrified by the sight unfolding before them: the Balearic Sea in the vicinity of Tenerife’s once-luxurious resorts turned black as a result of ash contamination from burning trees. Other photographs showed a distorted landscape, where the sky and the streets of a Spanish paradise intersect with black and gray tones.

“Here you can appreciate the hell we are in. The water is literally black with ash in Las Caletillas, one of the islanders wrote under his video. – What everyone sees now in the sky of Tenerife are not clouds, but smoke from fires.


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