La Gomera forest fire does not affect the active tourism, which makes the island such a different destination, rich with its unique global nature.
Although it is true that environmental damage is substantial, we must highlight the wide lengh of the park that remains intact, with its services (recreational areas, viewpoints, network of routes, rest areas and visitor center) as well as its rich ecosystem, which remains safe. Important areas of Laurisilva forest are kept in perfect condition, for the enjoyment of visitors.
Garajonay National Park, World Heritage, as well as other areas, will open its services once the fire is extinguished, the damages are assessed and the affected areas are recovered. On the other hand, as an alternative to visiting Garajonay National Park, visitors can also enjoy so many different outdoors activities in La Gomera, all related with the richness of the sea, whale watching and dolphins, watch “Los Organos cliff” from the sea, etc.
Both La Gomera and its habitants are performing exemplary behavior in these hard times, showing great strength and working together to recover the unique beauty of the island. We are receiving support messages from all over the world, stating their willingness to help in any way necessary. Teachers, tourists, families, etc., expressed his absolute readiness to contribute to the implementation of forestry work and visit the island as a gesture to help the speedy recovery of its unique treasure.
La Gomera Tourist Board
Tenerife Government reports today that the three wild fires have been brought under control.
The fires which broke out on Wednesday [15 August] on the island of Tenerife are now under control. The fire that started at 03.30 hours in the area of Lomo Alto, near the Cruz del Castaño in the municipality of Los Realejos, was brought under control at 19.55 hours and has affected 12 hectares. At 15.00 hours, another fire broke out at Las Montañetas in La Esperanza, in the municipality of El Rosario. It was brought under control at 19.33 hours and has affected two hectares. The third wild fire broke out at 17.12 hours in La Orotava, on the Arco de Chimoche track above La Caldera, which has burned two hectares and was brought under control at 20.55 hours. The total area affected is 16 hectares.
The fire in Los Realejos has affected Canary Pine forest. The fire fighting resources deployed to the area by the Tenerife Government’s Environment Department consisted of :
4 Prevex agents,
5 deterrents and 5 Wantac.
From the Teide National Park: 1 coordinator, 1 officer, 2 brigades and 1 fire engine were deployed.
The air assets were 4 helicopters and 3 seaplanes (which discharged their load in the area before heading for La Gomera).
The fire in Las Montañetas in La Esperanza has affected orchards, heather and brambles. The resources deployed were 1 technician, 2 Prevex agents, 2 brigades, 1 pumper, 1 wantac, 1 deterrent and 2 helicopters.
The fire in La Orotava, on the Arco de Chimoche track, the fire affected non native pine forest. The resources deployed were 2 technicians, 2 Prevex agents, 4 brigades, 1 pumper, 1 wantac as well as a brigade and a fire engine from the National Park and two helicopters.
Also noteworthy is the work carried out during the three fires by the Fire Brigades, the Civil Guard and the Local Police in the affected municipalities. Similarly, in the three hotspots firefighters have been working to cool down the area and extinguish the fire quickly. The following roads have been opened to traffic: TF 21 from La Orotava to El Portillo and TF 24, which was blocked from kilometre 9 to kilometre 24.
The Department of the Environment of the Cabildo of Tenerife has highlighted the work carried out every day by the teams who have been working from 03.30 hours in the morning to put out the fire.
A special mention goes to the 22 people returning from La Gomera today after spending three days working in the centre of the right flank of the forest fire raging in the Garajonay National Park on the island of La Gomera.
Situation absolutely normal in Tenerife holiday resorts
The wildfire is limited to a high mountain area in the north of the island and is under control
Please avoid travel to the affected areas to facilitate extinction work
Tenerife 13 August 2012
The fire which broke out in Tenerife on Friday 10 August and affected the municipalities of
El Tanque, Los Silos, Buenavista del Norte and Santiago del Teide, is now under control and
limited to a sector of the mountains in the upper part of these locations. The wildfire does not
affect in any way holiday resorts or any inhabited areas on the island, located mostly on the
The fire has so far affected 369 hectares although the favorable situation has meant that the
roads have been reopened to traffic. The TF-373 road (San Jose de Los Llanos-Erjos) is now
open as well as the TF-82 (Icod de Los Vinos, Santiago del Teide from kilometre 17.5 to 21.5)
and FT-436 (Buenavista del Norte-Santiago del Teide from kilometre 10.3).
The general public – local population and tourists – are strongly recommended to avoid the fire vicinity in order to facilitate the extinction work. The following Titsa bus lines are also now
460 Icod to Costa Adeje and
325 Puerto de la Cruz to Los Gigantes .
The fire has been cordoned off in a specific geographic area, which means that all of the
island‘s infrastructure is working smoothly, including the holiday attractions as well as tourist
and leisure facilities.
The lighting of fires in recreational areas, burning clippings and bonfires are all strictly
For more information about any roads affected by the fire, please call the free information
helpline (Spanish only): Tenerife Roads Information Centre 900 210 131 or see the maps on the
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