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