The forest fire in Tenerife, which ignited on August 15 and was considered to be under control as of last night after nine days of intensive efforts and impacting 12 municipalities, has left a trail of destruction.
As per the Copernicus European satellite system, the burnt area spans 10,957 hectares, marking an increase of 1,380 hectares compared to estimations made three days earlier. This ranks it as the most severe fire in the Canary Islands over the past four decades.
Montserrat Román, head of the Civil Protection service, stated that the affected area by the fire encompasses 14,624 hectares, “although this figure might be subject to revision.”
Likewise, Fernando Clavijo, President of the Canary Islands Government, has cautioned that the elevated temperatures could potentially lead to reactivations of the fire in the forthcoming days.