Spain Wildfires Engulf Tenerife & Goes ‘Out Of Control’

by | Aug 18, 2023 | Climate Crisis, Environmental News

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Giant Spain wildfires engulf Tenerife & its gorgeous scenery. Tenerife is the biggest of Spain’s Canary Islands. This blaze has gotten out of hand and has sent shockwaves throughout the region. Almost 250 firemen are battling a 31-kilometer-long fire of dry woods that has engulfed both sides of Mount Teide, Spain’s highest mountain. The fire started in a hilly national park and has quickly spread, burning an alarming 2,600 hectares (6,425 acres) since it broke out on Wednesday.

Spain Wildfires Engulf Tenerife & Goes 'Out Of Control'

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The Canary Islands’ extreme heat has heightened the risk of wildfires. As a precaution, around 150 people have been evacuated from more than five villages because of the dense smoke. Arrate, Chivisaya, Media Montana, Ajafona, and Las Lagunetas are some communities on the island’s northeast that have been evacuated. This region is mainly made up of farms and vacation houses. Roads going to the highlands in the northeastern island have been closed by local authorities. According to the director of the archipelago’s civil protection force, the residents cooperate with all the cuts.

Around 250 firemen from the Canary Islands are attempting to put out the fire that started in Tenerife. Roads have become blocked, and thousands of people have been evacuated.

The Canary Islands have had their most complicated fire in the previous 40 years, according to regional chairman Fernando Clavijo, who also said the night had been extremely difficult. The Tenerife council’s wildfire advisor, Vicky Palma, predicted that the region’s wind patterns would become more intense when nighttime temperatures drop to about 20 degrees Celsius (68 degrees Fahrenheit). According to Pedro Martinez, the emergency services head, several camping areas in a valley north of the island might be in danger.

There will be 14 planes and 250 firemen and military personnel sent to combat the blaze. On Wednesday afternoon, a water-dropping aircraft from mainland Spain also landed; two more seaplanes are anticipated on Thursday morning.

A new addition to the wildfires that caused misery throughout Europe, mostly in the continent’s southern parts, is Spain Wildfires engulf Tenerife of the Canary Islands archipelago. Greece and Italy have already been devastated by large-scale flames, threatening the environment and human communities.

Several disastrous wildfires spread across Europe this summer, including Spain, Greece, Italy, and Portugal. The fires were made worse by an intense heatwave. These flames have forced evacuations, destroyed homes, and claimed lives, underscoring the urgent need for actions to stop and adapt to the deteriorating environment.

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