The Tenerife fire is sweeping La Orotava and six communities have already been affected

The forest fire that was declared in Tenerife on Tuesday night has already caught the upper area of ​​the municipality of La Orotava and has already caught fire six communities affected for this fire

Emergency unit sources have told the EFE agency that evacuations have continued throughout the night and that the Quiquirá Pavilion has been cleared to house evacuees, in addition to other shelters already open.

The area affected is 1,800 hectares according to the latest estimate from this Wednesday

The fire started on Tuesday 15 around 23:30 in the Arafo mountains in southern Tenerife and spread to the municipalities of Candelaria, El Rosario, La Victoria, Santa Úrsula and La Orotava, the last three to the north of the Island.

The affected area is according to the latest estimate from this Wednesday 1,800 hectares and the fire is 22 kilometers in circumference, some of which lie in very steep areas and are inaccessible to both air and land resources.

In the night from Wednesday to Thursday, around 200 emergency services were deployed, among other things with the aim of containing the fire and preventing it from penetrating into populated areas.

The Canary Islands government has warned of unfavorable air quality in the municipalities of Güímar, Arafo, Candelaria and El Rosario

During Thursday, air resources are expected to be 17 after the arrival of two new seaplanes.

air polluted by smoke

The Canary Islands government has warned about the quality Air unfavorable in Güímar, Arafo, Candelaria and El Rosario through the smoke of the forest fire.

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The government of the Canary Islands recalls that the smoke from forest fires consists of a mixture of gases and small particles that are released when vegetation and other materials are burned.

It is therefore recommended for the affected population Avoid stays abroad and engaging in intense or prolonged physical activity, as well as closing doors and windows and, if available, switching to recirculation mode and with clean filters.

Outside is recommended use of a mask FFP2 to prevent respiratory diseases and protect your eyes in the best possible way.

The government warns that the sensitive population and risk groups are people with a history of respiratory or heart conditions such as asthma, chronic bronchitis and emphysema; Children, pregnant women and the elderly, as well as people who engage in intense physical activity.

Symptoms may include coughing, irritation of the eyes, nose or throat; Shortness of breath, chest discomfort, palpitations, fatigue, and worsening of symptoms in people with a history of respiratory or heart disease.

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