Forest Fire Rages On Into the Early Hours

July 16, 2012

A huge forest fire has broken out in the south of Tenerife.

It started at 3pm yesterday afternoon in Vilaflor.

Between 70 and 100 people have been evacuated from their homes as a precaution before the advancing flames.

As darkness fell Firefighters managed to get fire under control at the Ifonche front, even while it licked at the boundaries of the Barranco de Infierno nature reserve.

But at midnight the fire still rages on the Taucho  and  La Quinta fronts and has affected over 100 hectares of vegetation.

Another front is located in the Pista Arañada area Adeje, while in Teresne in the municipality of Vilaflor, many people are working to prevent the fire spreading to the forestal crown of the island.

The Minister of Economy, Finance and Security, Javier Gonzalez Ortiz, has declared a level 2 emergency which means responsibility for co-ordination of the fire-fighting efforts automatically falls to the Canary Islands.

An Emergency Military Unit (UME) joined the fight around 21.00 hours in the upper area of Adeje, while four helicopters work in conjunction with a large number of emergency personnel from all disciplines.