Spain’s Tenerife Island On Alert As Summer Wildfire Forces Thousands Of People To Evacuate

Spain's Tenerife Island On Alert As Summer Wildfire Forces Thousands Of People To Evacuate

Wildfires have erupted once more on the scenic Spanish island of Tenerife, prompting hundreds of residents and tourists to flee. This return of wildfires is terrible for the island, which had recently regained control of another large blaze earlier this year. 

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How Many People Have Been Evacuated?

As A Summer Wildfire Re-ignites On Tenerife, Thousands Of People Are Evacuated
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More than 3,000 people were evacuated from their houses on the Spanish island of Tenerife as the wildfire raged in a forested area already damaged by fire in August.

On social media, emergency services said that they had requested assistance from the army’s Military Emergency Unit, citing the blaze as a high-level emergency.

When Did The Last Wildfire Happened?

The August wildfire blazed for days, scorching 15,000 hectares (37,000 acres) of woodland in the national park surrounding Spain’s highest peak, Mount Teide. Thousands were also evacuated at the time, with the majority coming home.

What Did Tenerife’s Municipal Administration Have To Say About It?

As A Summer Wildfire Re-ignites On Tenerife, Thousands Of People Are Evacuated
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“The temperatures will remain higher (than usual), so we expect more fires to be reactivated in the area,” Rosa Davila, the leader of Tenerife’s municipal administration, said during a news conference.

She did not say when people who had been evacuated would be able to return home. She estimates that 30 hectares have been damaged since Wednesday evening.

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What Was The Highest Temperature?

Tenerife, one of the Canary Islands in the Atlantic off the coast of north-west Africa, is on high alert for temperatures reaching 39 degrees Celsius (102.2 degrees Fahrenheit) on Thursday.

Spain’s national weather office, AEMET, reported a record six consecutive days of unseasonal heat between Sept. 28 and Oct. 4, with more forecast.

Climate change has been related to searing temperatures and dry and windy weather in many parts of the world, including southern Europe, according to scientists.

The August fire was contained but not totally extinguished, with embers still smouldering in the forest.

If there is rain and humidity, it usually takes two or three months to totally extinguish a huge wildfire. Still, current temperatures above average make it more difficult, according to local emergency services. Dry weather that persists raises the risk of wildfires and drought.

As A Summer Wildfire Re-ignites On Tenerife, Thousands Of People Are Evacuated
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Nonetheless, the Canary Islands regional head, Fernando Clavijo, is optimistic that the blaze on the already-burned terrain can be contained.

“There is less fuel (for the fire), so it shouldn’t get out of hand,” he said on Thursday at a business event in Madrid.

In Spain and bordering Portugal, wildfires are more common in the summer and less common in the autumn. However, in October 2017, the two countries had hundreds of major fires, which killed 45 people in Portugal and four in Spain.

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