Holidaymakers warned over fires in Tenerife

Holidaymakers warned over fires in Tenerife

The Foreign & Commonwealth Office yesterday told holidaymakers to the Canary Islands to be aware of wildfires which have swept across Tenerife and La Gomera.

The updated travel advice came amid reports that around 2,200 people have been evacuated from their homes in the north west of Tenerife as roads and power lines were cut off.

Tourist resorts have been unaffected and flights continue to operate to Tenerife and La Gomera, but some excursions have reportedly been cancelled.

The FCO said: “There are reports of forest fires on the island of La Gomera around the areas of Las Hayas, El Contadero, El Cruce de las Hayas, Los Manantiales, Chipude, Arure, Banda Las Rosas, Valle Gran rey and El Cercado.

“There are also reports of forest fires on the island of Tenerife around the area of El Tanque, Ruigomez, San Jose de los Llanos, El Palmar, Teno Alto, Lagunetas, Valle de Arriba, Erjos, Masca and Las Portelas.

“A number of local residents have been evacuated from the area as a precautionary measure and a number of roads are closed to allow access to emergency services.

“Residents and visitors are advised to check the Canary government website for updates.”

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