Here is a summary of the latest update on the wildfires that are currently affecting the island of Tenerife in the Canary Islands, as of Sunday morning, 20th August 2023.
- The fire is still burning in the pine forests in the north of the island
- It now covers over 8,400 hectares
- Firefighters have declared that 90% of the fires along the southern flank of the perimiter have been stabilised
- 65km/h winds have caused the fire to spread faster
- 11 municipalities are affected: Arafo, Candelaria, Guimar, El Rosario, La Victoria, Santa Ursula, La Orotava, La Mantanza, El Sauzal, Los Realejos, and Tacaronte
- Over 12,000 people have been evacuated for thier own safety
- Nobody has been injured or killed in the fire so far
- It’s currently being battled by over 500 firefighters, troops, helicopters and seaplanes
- Roads into Teide National Park remain closed
If you're concerned about the fires and how they might affect your holiday, check out our guide that includes frequently asked questions.