By John Smith • 17 May 2019 • 15:00
MORE than 100 firefighters aided by helicopters dropping water spent 24 hours tackling the first major wildfire of the year in Tenerife.
The fire started in the Teide National Park on the island and soon covered 20 hectares of land at the base of the Mount Teide Volcano.
Smoke and flames were easily seen across Tenerife and trenches were dug as fire breaks as the personnel attempted to contain the ferocious blaze, often having to tackle areas on foot and extinguish smouldering undergrowth with hand held implements.
According to the Cabildo de Tenerife it was eventually brought under control thanks to a reduction in temperature and winds as well as the hard work of those involved in fighting the fire.
An investigation will now take place as to what may have caused this conflagration as the island stays alert to other possible outbreaks fuelled by the extreme temperatures.
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Married to Ophelia in Gibraltar in 1978, John has spent much of his life travelling on security print and minting business and visited every continent except Antarctica.
Having retired several years ago, the couple moved to their house in Estepona and John became a regular news writer for the EWN Media Group taking particular interest in Finance, Gibraltar and Costa del Sol Social Scene.
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