Forest fires have been raging through the Spanish island of Tenerife since Sunday 17 June 2012. Despite the fact many local residents have been evacuated as a precautionary step, there are currently no travel restrictions in place and Tenerife South Airport remains open.
The forest fires are predominantly in the Adeje area in the south-west of the island, but have also spread to the towns of Ifonche, Vilaflor and Guia de Isora. British tourists risk being affected because the blazes reached the edge of an acclaimed tourist spot and UNESCO World Heritage Site, Teide National Park, on Monday 16 July 2012.
The park, which is the Canary Islands' largest and oldest park, is a hotspot for tourists journeying out to explore the fauna and flora, visit the immense volcanic crater and catch unbeatable views over the islands of Gran Canaria and La Palma. Reports state that Tiede National Park has been covered in heavy smoke and red sparks. Even though the fire has not spread inside the park, visitors' cars and coaches were removed as a safety measure. Holidaymakers in Tenerife are urged check local advice before attempting to visit the park.
The fires had spread over 2000 hectares by Tuesday. Madrid has sent assistance to aid the firefighters, although parts of the fire are still said to be out of control. Nevertheless, Britons who have booked to visit Tenerife still can do so and the airport remains fully functional. However, the Foreign and Commonwealth Office strongly advises British nationals to check the Canaries Government and Adeje Town Hall websites for updates.
It is believe the fire was started by arson.
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