The fire’s controlled

Backlit helicopter with a bag of water. in Mazo. Photo: Saul Santos
August 8, 2016

Oh thank goodness! (or rather, thank firefighters!) #IFJedey El perímetro del incendio de La Palma se encuentra ya estabilizado en todos sus frentes http://www.gobiernodecanarias.org/noticias/se/74416/perimetro-incendio-palma-encuentra-estabilizado-frentes … It burnt a total of 4,800 Hectares (11,861 acres/48 sq km) which is 6.8% of the island. OK, so that’s 93.2% unaffected, or at least not burnt. It’s still a great place for a holiday, although the network of hiing trails is closed due to…

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Update on the fire

It’s bigger: Montes de Luna and the top end of Tigalate have been evacuated, but the firefighters are finally feeling hopeful. The temperatures have dropped (28 ºC is a big improvement on 35 ºC) the fire in Fuencaliente is controlled, and they’ve been hitting the front in Mazo with everything they’ve got. It’s not out, but it is sorta-kinda controlled. The trouble is that things tend to get worse at…

August 7, 2016
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News on the fire: Saturday

The twitter feed is at https://twitter.com/hashtag/IFJedey?src=hash Last night wasn’t nearly as bad as the night before. The easterly winds mostly pushed the fire back onto the already burned ground, and the eastern front hasn’t advanced all that much, but it’s still 38 ªC and under 20% humidity. We now have 4,000 Hectares burned and 2,500 people evacuated. I should probably add that the Princess Hotel is down at sea-level, well…

August 6, 2016
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Another forest fire

Last night a 27-year-old man of no known address went a little way into the forest near Jedey to relieve himself. When he’d finished, he set fire to the toilet paper. In a very dry forest, during a heatwave, with signs everywhere saying “Hire fire risk”. Words fail me. He’s been arrested. The police caught him almost immediately when they went to investigate the fire. Unfortunately the fire raced away….

August 4, 2016
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The fire’s controlled

The forest fire in Mazo is under control, after burning 1,700 hectars. And this seems like a good moment to mention that Canary Pines are amazing survivors. They can burn for hours, and then only a few days after the autumn rains begin, the new shoots sprout straight out of the bark.  It’s beautiful to see.

August 8, 2012
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Forest fires

August 5, 2012

La Palma has another forest fire, just south of Mazo. La Gomera has a forest fire burning the national park at Garajoney. Animals have been burnt alive and people have been evacuated (although I don’t think anyone’s lost their home yet.)

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