On Sunday afternoon, I was looking on Tenerife Forum of Fun and spotted that one of the members had added a photo of a fire that had just started in Ifonche a few miles above where I live in the hills above Arona. I wasn´t unduly worried as this happens most summers and is normally quickly under control.
From being unduly concerned, the situation has escalated and the fire is now into its third day. Despite the tremendous efforts of the brave firefighters (who incidentally are all volunteers) the reports that are in the newspapers, internet, and forums suggest that while it is being managed in some areas, others seem to be spreading.
From where I live, there is just a murky brown sky and a slight smell of burning.
Due to the lack of rain for the past 12 months the reservoirs are low so the hydroplanes are about to start filling up from the sea near Los Cristianos. This is probably the first bit of inconvenience the holidaymakers have had. In fact many haven´t a clue what is happening above the resorts and probably wonder why they keep hearing sirens. Last night while they were enjoying lots of firework displays just a few mile further inland people were worrying about whether they would have homes to return to. In my opinion not the best timing on the hotels behalf!
It is however at times like this that you do see the best in people, and particularly in the ex-pat community (which is really all I can comment on due to language problems) they are all pulling together, offering beds and sofas to those who have had to leave their homes. Organising benefit nights to help raise funds for those who have been working for free for days on end, doing whatever they can in any small way to make things better. Being a small community we do moan about each other but it is in times of need that you really see the good in this bunch of people who have made Tenerife their home.
Now lets just hope that come tomorrow these fires are a thing of the past and we can all get back to normal.