Tenerife Forest Fire Risk
May 15, 2009 Leave a comment
The Government of Tenerife have always had serious concerns about fire risk, especially since the raging forest fires which caused so much devastation during the summer of 2007.
They have decided that nine separate zones require a special defence plan including the Teno Rural Park, Los Realejos to La Guancha, Acentejo to Las Palomas, La Laguna to Tegueste and the Guimar Valley. The Village of Masca which was previously almost destroyed is also a major risk area.
From 15th June a fire alert campaign will run through the summer months during the highest period of risk. Owners of rural properties are being asked to be especially vigilant.
The last major fires of 2007 spread rapidly up the mountain slopes where there are high levels of pine forestation. Flashovers occurred from the intense heat and strong winds as the fire surged upwards at great speed. Within a short time the sky was thick with smoke.
Fortunately, many of these forest areas are recovering but the Government is keen to avoid a repetition of this type of disaster, not only can it be life threatening, the ecological effects are also far reaching. Tenerife has had a problem with forest fires being deliberately started in the past and arson is a very serious concern.
The Government have said that the main tourist areas to the south of the Island are low risk.