A forest fire was declared this morning on Tenerife, in the Chajaña ravine, and by 4pm this afternoon had already affected more than 240 hectares of pine forest in the south eastern municipality of Arico. Strong gusts of wind, exceeding 30 kmph, have been pushing the flames in the direction of Granadilla de Abona.
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The fire has been declared a level 1 event with fire fighters on the the ground joined by at least 4 helicopters and a seaplane that has just arrived from Gran Canaria dowsing the forest flames.
40 members of the Army Military Unit (UME) are also set to join the effort this afternoon.
According to the Cabildo de Tenerife, conditions on the ground are 25ºC, with north and westerly winds of 30 km/h and relative humidity of 13%. Tenerife’s Forestry Brigade (Brifor) and the Security and Natural Environment personnel of the Cabildo are working to prevent the fire from advancing towards adjoining ravines, as it could take hold in an area that is practically inaccessible for most fire fighters.
At the moment, the wind is blowing the fire towards the towns of Granadilla and Vilaflor.
Fire on Gran Canaria controlled
Firefighters from the Arinaga Fire Station on the southeast of Gran Canaria also had to put down a fire declared in an area of scrubland in the Las Tirajanas ravine, in the municipality of Santa Lucía de Tirajana.
The fire started in stubble, according to reports the main 112 Emergency and Security Coordination Centre (CECOES), which received the alert at 2:00 p.m. this Thursday afternoon. About 300 square meters was affected.
Members of the Santa Lucía de Tirajana Local Police and the Civil Guard also attended the scene.
All the Canary Islands, except Lanzarote and Fuerteventura, are today on pre-alert, for a yellow risk advisory, due to strong winds.