Monday, September 25

The Government of the Canary Islands authorizes the return to their homes of almost all those evacuated by the fire

The General Directorate of Security and Emergencies of the Government of the Canary Islands reported this Monday afternoon that, after the meeting with the technical team evaluating the fire forest active in the mountains of the island, it is considered that the security conditions exist so that most of the almost 600 evacuees in the area can return.

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The area affected by the fire in the vicinity of the limit area of ​​the Tigaiga hillside, the area that has most concerned the authorities in recent hours, has not advanced since Sunday, and the fire control lines that were established are “effective”, informs the Executive. The execution of technical maneuvers to control the fire that could generate risk situations is not foreseen either, for which reason the evacuation order is lifted in the aforementioned streets.

However, taking into account that there are some points that could still be reactivated, the preventive evacuation of the area closest to the Tigaiga hillside is maintained, which includes the Camino del Madroño area and affects around thirty homes.

This decision is adopted in application of the Special Plan for Civil Protection and Emergency Response to Forest Fires of the Autonomous Community of the Canary Islands (Infoca).

The almost 600 evacuees have spent the last two nights in hotels set up by the municipalities, as well as in the homes of relatives and friends, and so far no one has had to be referred to the shelters set up for it.

The fire, which has entered the stabilization phase, is still not under control.

This Monday the fire has not progressed compared to Sunday and remains with a perimeter of 27 kilometers, active in three outbreaks with 2,700 hectares affected in four municipalities in the north of the island: Los Realejos, Icod de los Vinos, La Guancha and San Juan of the Rambla.

The area of ​​greatest concern, as explained at a press conference this morning by the president of the regional government, Ángel Víctor Torres, is the Teide National Park, where the flames have not yet reached but are approaching, albeit slowly, and the area of Tigaiga, in Los Realejos, because this is an almost vertical wall in which only aerial means can act.

The president of the Cabildo de Tenerife, Pedro Martín, reported this afternoon that the fire could be contained on its western slope, that of the Teide National Park, and that efforts are focused on protecting the flora and vegetation of this area, specifically, near La Fortaleza and other areas where it will be “very difficult for it to burn.”

Most of the aerial means that fight the fire now work precisely in this area. Likewise, the insular president has indicated that a protection distance of around 1.5 kilometers will be delimited from the “hot spots” that still persist in the Tigaiga mountain so that an important part of the people can return home. who have been evicted.

Martín has trusted that the return can be started in the afternoon, calmly and without waiting for night, and has indicated that the delimitation work has been agreed with the Los Realejos City Council.

He added that it does not seem that the number of affected hectares will increase, about 2,700, because the fire “is still contained”, although he has referred to the evaluation of the works that will be offered tonight.

It has also considered that, predictably with more favorable weather conditions, it will be on Wednesday when data “that lead us to more tranquility” can be offered.