Evacuations by fires in Tasarte and Tejeda
TheGran Canaria airport,The one that has presented the most complications this weekend, began operating early on Sunday night. Even so, there are passengers whose flights were canceled during the day and who have had to sleep tonight in hotels on the island, and others for whom no room has been found, have slept in the aerodrome facilities, as well as the Saturday night. At two o’clock in the morning on Monday, all the airports in the Canary Islands, except for the one in Tenerife South, had restarted operations. In total, 822 flights have been affected in the Islands.
From the Cabildo de Gran Canaria they confirm that the forest fire of Tasarte, in the area of Inagua, continues active but does not progress. In this nucleus there are four houses affected by fire. The Consortium of Firefighters of the island review the town of Tasarte in the next few hours to authorize the progressive return of evacuated neighbors. Also. it is estimated that the residents of the Tasartico nuclei, evicted since Saturday afternoon, will be able to return home tomorrow.
High winds, high temperatures and lack of visibility due to the calima complicate this Sunday the fight against fires in the Canary Islands and the traffic in the islands has been suspended. The situation is very complicated throughout the archipelago and has affected one of its seas of identity and tourist hook: Carnival.
The strong wind, of up to 163 kilometers on the summits of Tenerife, according to the Aemet data, and the dense calm that affects the island and the entire Canary Islands prevent the sandy areas from acting in the different active foci in several islands. Strong gusts of wind have caused the flames to spread rapidly. Wind gusts of more than 100 kilometers per hour have been recorded in 24 municipalities in the Canary Islands.
The forecast of the Meteorological Institute is that the wind blows strongly in the next few hours, so the Canary Islands Government has decidedsuspend classes on Monday.
The meteorology has also affected part of the programming of theCarnival, which was suspended this Sunday in Gran Canaria and in Santa Cruz de TenerifeHe has resumed early in the day.
As for theGran Canaria fire,The mayor of La Aldea de San Nicols has assured EL MUNDO that two other centers have been evacuated from the area as a precaution. Is aboutEl Hoyo and Tocodomn. The neighbors have been transferred to the sports hall of La Aldea. The neighborsTasarte and Tasartico,evicted on Saturday night, they continue outside their homes. Now, the work of extinction is focused on preventing the fire from moving forward through the area ofInagua, where the flames have arrived.
The mayor of La Aldea, Toms Prez, claims to continue “with concern the advance of fire.” Ensures that there is a lot of smoke in the area and that strong wind gusts are still present.
The traffic in the Canary Islands was temporarily suspended due to a phenomenon of Calima,wind with dust on suspension from the Sahara, announced the aviation authorities. Around 21.30 hours, the Gran Canaria airport began to resume its traffic gradually.
From Aena they report that of the more than 1,200 operations planned for Sunday, 822 flights have been affected and thousands of passengers have been grounded. The strong windstorm and calm has worsened in recent hours and visibility is very weak.
It is estimated that more than four thousand people have stayed for the second consecutive night at the airport of Gran Canaria, since all passengers have not been able to relocate to hotels on the Island due to the high occupancy at the time of the Carnival.
The Canary Islands is one of the main tourist areas of Spain, with an important influx of visitors from northern Europe at this time of the year, but also Spanish due to the famous carnivals held on the islands.
In addition to the low visibility caused by the calima, strong winds have been recorded on the islands, with a maximum of 163 kilometers per hour on the summits of the island of Tenerife.
The worsening of the meteorology in the Canary Islands has caused that the traffic are not allowed to the airports of the archipelago and the airplanes en route have been diverted to alternative destinations, according to Aena.
The airport of Gran Canaria and Lanzarote did not accept either arrival or departure flights becausethe conditions of calm and visibility do not allow to operate. The latter has begun to resume operations late in the afternoon of this Sunday.
Also, inter-island flights have been suspended and only flights that were close to the islands have been able to land in Fuerteventura and Tenerife South.
From Aena passengers are requested not to go to the airports until they confirm the status of their flight with the airline, as there are currently no arrival operations on any island due to the calm and wind.
First it has been the airport of Gran Canaria that has stopped operating while they do so with some normality that of Lanzarote and Fuerteventura, but as the hours have passed they have ceased their activity. Traffic are directed to these are being diverted to other airfields such as the Moroccans, where they can land safely.
Winds up to 163 kilometers per hour
The State Meteorological Agency has recorded winds of up to 163 kilometers per hour in theIzaa mountain and 105 kilometers in La Victoria de Acentejo, streaks that will remain until 22:00 today.
The Cabildo de Tenerife reports that Aemet maintains the prediction of strong gusts between 70 and 110 kilometers.
The phenomenon of Calima already affected Saturday at the three main Canary airports (both Tenerife and Gran Canaria), which were closed briefly, whichaffect about 230 flights.
The forest fire ofGran Canaria,in the municipality of La Aldea de San Nicols, it remains active on one of its fronts. More than 500 neighbors, from several nuclei, were evicted from their homes by the nearby llamas. It has been impossible that the sand media could collaborate with the work of extinction due to strong gusts of wind. The fire advances towards the natural site of Inagua, an area of pine forest.
In Tasarte, according to the mayor of La Aldea de San Nicols, Toms Prez,several homes have been affected by fire, like the palm grove of the helmet, although what worries is its evolution in the high part of this municipal term.
The focus led the Cabildo to request the intervention of the Military Emergency Unit (UME), which has allocated27 military and three bombsto the extinguishing device.
The one in Tasarte is not the only forest fire that worries in the islands this Sunday.
The Cabildo de Gran Canaria haswarned the neighbors of Tejeda, that are near the Roque Bentayga, where another fire has been declared, that emergency instructions are prepared and followed, before thepossibility of having to evict.
InTenerife, several fires in urban areas of six northern municipalities have caused the eviction of some thousand people and the closure of the north highway of the island. The fires recorded in these six municipalities of Tenerife have been contracted during the afternoon. In total, up to 20 outbreaks have originated, which have forced the evacuation of more than a thousand neighbors who were able to return to their homes after several hours. Some homes have been affected by fire.
This fire affected the road between the municipalities of La Orotava and Los Realejos, and works to prevent the flames from affecting the homes.
The residents of Las Candias, the second conato of fire that affects La Orotava on Sunday, after it has been controlled in what affects the Colombo neighborhood, have been offered to go to the Celestino Mesa pavilion.
A thousand residents of this town in the north of Tenerife have had to be evacuated by the fire that originated at noon on Sunday. The troops are still working in the area but the wind makes it difficult to contain the fire. A detachment of the Military Emergency Unit will add to the work.
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