Tenerife forest fire continues at level 2 severity

Published on October 06, 2023
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The meteorological conditions in the archipelago continue to be adverse for the extinction of the Tenerife forest fire, so the Minister of Territorial Policy, Territorial Cohesion and Water, Manuel Miranda, responsible for Emergencies, announced, this afternoon, that the fire situation will continue, so a large team of land and air resources remains on guard. "At this time, the fire department has the necessary personnel to deal with any eventuality."

The counselor thanked the exemplary behavior of the people evacuated in response to yesterday's reactivations, who showed collaboration with the security agents at all times, while also thanking the collaboration of all the institutions involved in the fire extinguishing tasks.

In this sense, Miranda made a special mention of the speed with which the UME has acted, joining almost immediately on the operations front, after INFOCA level 2 of severity was declared and the Government of the Canary Islands assumed leadership.

The president of the Cabildo of Tenerife, Rosa Dávila, pointed out that the night was set to be tense and complicated, with complex meteorology with a forecast of wind gusts that can exceed 40 km per hour and high temperatures.

Dávila announced that preventive evacuations are being maintained and called on the population not to approach the evacuated area in order to avoid risks.

During the night, 94 ground troops worked on the extinction operation, including forestry brigades from the Cabildo (BRIFOR), firefighters from the Tenerife Consortium and personnel from the UME, and throughout today the number of people will be increased to 120 troops and aerial means will be maintained (with one less due to maintenance of the device).

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