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Offline Dolly Diver

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Forest Fire
« on: July 30, 2007 »
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  • A snippet of news for all those forum users who are not here at the moment.

    At this moment in the Los Gigantes area we are under a huge black cloud of smoke and it is snowing ldblquote black snowdblquote .

    There is a serious forest fire in El Tanque, between Santiago Del Teide and Icod.  We canquote t see the actual flames from here but the black cloud above us has an eerie orange glow.  Everywhere has a coating of black charcoal.
    Luckily the cloud of smoke is above us and we are not inhaling smoke, although that will be a different story further up towards Tamaimo.

    The fire started at aprox 5am this morning.  It is suspected it was started deliberately or by a discarded cigarette end.  Abnormal high temperatures and winds have added to the problem.

    Myself, and other forum users will keep this topic updated.

    mealy hen

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    « Reply #1 on: July 31, 2007 »
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  • at 9.00pm monday valle arriba was evacuated and the evacuation continued through the night with santiago del teide, araguayo, los manches, el moledo, el retamar and at 4.00am tamaimo.

    diane

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    « Reply #2 on: July 31, 2007 »
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  • any more news on the fire. Is the sun managing to peak through?

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    Re: Forest Fire
    « Reply #3 on: July 31, 2007 »
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  • The losgigantes.com team spent most of the night filming the forest fire click this link to view the footage



    Latest news.  Road to Santiago Del Teide now has restricted opening and police are allowing men only through to check their properties.
    « Last Edit: July 31, 2007 by Dolly Diver »


    quondam

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    « Reply #5 on: July 31, 2007 »
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  • and here's a map of the ares affected

    http://www.canarias7.es/especiales/fuego_gc07/mapa.cfm

    Falstaff

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    « Reply #6 on: August 01, 2007 »
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  • More reports about the fires.

    http://travel.timesonline.co.uk/tol/life_and_style/travel/article2175477.ece

    In total on Tenerife and Gran Canaria about 127 square miles of countryside have been destroyed amid fears that the Tenerife fires are moving south towards tourist areas.

    There is no doubt that tourism will be affected.

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    Re: Forest Fire
    « Reply #7 on: August 01, 2007 »
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  • Last night the flames where down in tamaimo at about 20:00 I wonder if they managed to put it out  :o

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    Re: Forest Fire
    « Reply #8 on: August 01, 2007 »
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  • We are hearing many reports about the damaged caused by the fires. But to find out the exact extent of the damage in this area we have to see it for ourselves.

    The losgigantes.com team will be out in the area filming later this afternoon.  We will have edited footage on this site in the morning.

    Please be assured that Los Gigantes, and all coastal tourist resorts, are well away from the effected areas and have suffered no damage.

    Sweeney Todd

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    « Reply #9 on: August 01, 2007 »
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  • Thank you all in Los Gigantes for keeping us all up to date with the events of the Forest Fire. As our family are in our house in Los Gigantes at the moment any information is most welcome. I Again thank You for keeping us all in the picture.

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    Re: Forest Fire
    « Reply #10 on: August 01, 2007 »
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  • Good to know we are appreciated.  Letting concerned people know about the current situation takes some of the pressure off the overworked emergency services.

    trebleniner

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    « Reply #11 on: August 01, 2007 »
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  • Thanks for the info, we are regular visitors and would be devastated to hear any damage or worse in the places we love to visit.

    Hope it is all under control now and everyone remains safe

    poolepirate

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    « Reply #12 on: August 01, 2007 »
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  • From what I have seen on the internet the village of Masca has been badly damaged by fire.

    http://www.canarias24horas.com/index.php?option=com_content&task=view&id=33982&Itemid=387

    This is the latest page. A previous page showed video images of the fire burning houses in the village.

    One of the highlights of our stays in Los G was the drive to Masca followed by an hour or so relaxing in the atmosphere of the place then having a few beers before facing the drive back!

    I hope that everyone had been evactuated before the fire struck and that no casualties occurred.

    Annie

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    « Reply #13 on: August 01, 2007 »
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  • I also love Masca. It is a beautiful village and we always visit it when in Gigantes.
    The residents are very pleasant and most seem to rely on the tourists for their living.
    The problem is that access to Masca is very restricted with only two roads in and out as far as I know.
    I too sincerely hope that there were no casualties and that everyone was evacuated in time.

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    Re: Forest Fire
    « Reply #14 on: August 01, 2007 »
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  • Let us not forget to give our apreciation to the Bomberos , Army, the Guardia, the Policia Local, the  Ambulancia and all the other people including those like the Pancracia centre who provided food and shelter to those involved in this disaster. Also the Dragonfire people for keeping us all informed. I am sure that I will have forgotten someone and I apologise in advance for that.

    LaCochinillo

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    « Reply #15 on: August 01, 2007 »
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  • Apart from lots of ash, LG seemed to be OK. Did get a bit worrying with the amount of smoke though. Picture taken at 5pm from near the harbour :o

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    Suzyq

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    « Reply #16 on: August 02, 2007 »
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  • Oh that looks terrible...where exactly was that picture taken ..you said near the harbour..I dont recognise the tall building?...thank's too everyone on this site for the updates,I arrive this month,and it is pretty worrying.....

    naughty

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    « Reply #17 on: August 02, 2007 »
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  • Looks like the photo was taken from the Lido opposite Pablado Marinero and I think the tall building is the Hotel Los Gigantes.

    Suzyq

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    « Reply #18 on: August 02, 2007 »
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  • Hi..thanks for your reply..I did'nt realise the hotel had such red bricks..but on looking again..I can see that it must be....

    el observador

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    « Reply #19 on: August 02, 2007 »
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  • Thanks to the' team' and all contributors for the updates - much better coverage than any of the news channels !

    Very helpful to be able to monitor the progress of this disaster from far away.

    Sad times for Masca and many other places in the north and west.

    obs

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    Re: Forest Fire
    « Reply #20 on: August 02, 2007 »
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  • How did the fire start, there's so many rumours....

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    Re: Forest Fire
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  • Makes you think!  There are now 4 Islands with forest fires.  Is that coincidence? All it takes is one nutter with a match. Iquote ve been so near to tears many times whilst filming all the devastation.
    « Last Edit: August 02, 2007 by Dolly Diver »

    Falstaff

    Re: Forest Fire
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  • The thing I most look forward to when visiting Tenerife  is touring the countryside and villages to the north of Los Gigantes. The forest areas in particular are quite outstanding both in scenic beauty and for their wildlife. For such a large area to be devastated is an ecological disaster and many of the wildlife species will never recover and some  may have become extinct.

    http://travel.timesonline.co.uk/tol/life_and_style/travel/news/article2183034.ece

    There are unsubstantiated reports from the authorities that the Tenerife fire may have been started deliberately. Perhaps this is wishful thinking on their part because it takes  blame away from the authorities who should have prepared detailed plans for a foreseeable natural disaster. No doubt there are important lessons to be learnt in forestry design and management to prevent something on this scale happening again in the future.


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    sebastian

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  • DREADFULL NEWS THESE FIRES BUT NATURE CAN AND WILL REJUEVENATE THE BEAUTIFULL ISLANDS.


    Suzyq

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    « Reply #25 on: August 02, 2007 »
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  • Many thanks for the update...

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    Re: Forest Fire
    « Reply #26 on: August 02, 2007 »
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  • Day 3 The aftermath.

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    Road to Masca still closed.  We hope police will let us through to film later this afternoon.

    pierre

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    « Reply #27 on: August 02, 2007 »
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  • hi thanks so much for keeping us in touch with the news. as someone whos coming shortly to holiday its reassured me. one question will be still able to go up to teide by road

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    Re: Forest Fire
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  • I can't say for sure but I would imagine the Teide road will be open again once all the fires are out.  The Ca'f1ades will still be a popular tourist attraction because us humans are naturally nosy and we all want to see it first hand.

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    « Reply #29 on: August 02, 2007 »
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  • News: Wed 1st August -The aftermath in the Santiago Del Teide area.

    Hearing many rumors  about the aftermath of the fire the losgigantes.com team headed up to the Santiago Del Teide to see for ourselves the extent of the damage.

    Tamaimo, Retamar and Santiago Del Teide -No apparent damage to properties.  Burnt areas of dry scrub in barranco.

    Valle Arriba. - After seeing the blaze quickly coming down the surrounding hills, and the fire crews pulling out, we were convinced the village and crops would have been destroyed.  We were highly delighted to see the village still intact and certainly 80% of their crops in the base of the valley untouched. Driving through the village there is no apparent damage to properties.
    The village itself is surrounded 180 degrees by totally scorched hillsides.

    Los Llanos - Many locals are regular visitors to the little wooden roofed bar which holds a live music session every Sunday. We are delighted to report that it still stands and there was minimal damage to property.  Villagers were still battling with small fires which kept breaking out and fire fighting helicopters were very busy in the most serious places.

    Chio.  Town itself ok.  Burnt areas in hillside above town.

    Ca'f1adas. (road towards Teide from Chio)  Still closed to the public but we were allowed through with our press passes.  Fire crews still on watch.  Hundreds of hot spots caused by old dry tree trunks still burning.  A few patches of pine trees burnt to match sticks in the lower areas but in most areas damage is to the lower trunk of the trees and the upper foliage is ok.  Canarian pines are very resilient to fire.  Higher up there is volcanic rock so less damage to trees.

    Masca.- Road closed.  Guardia wouldnquote t let us through even with press passes, fire crews only. Wequote ll head up there later today and hope to bring you the news tomorrow.


    Click this link to view footage on day one of the fire filmed by the losgigantes.com team


    Click this link for the aftermath