Here are the latest updates on the wildfires currently affecting the island of Tenerife in the Canary Islands, as of Wednesday 23rd August 2023.
Despite the re-activation of several smaller fires, it has been a relatively unevenful 24 hours. There has been a lot of movement as firefighters re-direct their efforts to extinguish re-activations as they happen, and the fire is still burning intensively in some parts - particularly Malabrigo in Guimar, but in general the situation is improving.
Temperatures may potentially reach as high as 37°C today, which combined with even light winds may cause more areas to re-ignite. However with over 600 firefighters, troops and aerial units still fighting the blaze, the outlook remains favorable.
More evacuations notices are set to be lifted today too, which could result upto 75% of the people affected being able to return to their homes.
The air quality remains poor, especially in the north, where the use of a face mask is still recommended.
- The situation is still challenging but authorities expect it to be under control 'in days'
- Over 14,800 hectares have been affected thus far
- Evacuation orders continue to be lifted
- Nobody has been injured or killed in the fire so far
- Roads into Teide National Park remain closed
- Air quality is poor, especially in the north where the use of a face mask is recommended
If you're concerned about the fires and how they might affect your holiday, check out our guide that includes frequently asked questions.