Bonfire ban for the upcoming San Juan and San Pedro festivities in Tenerife

Bonfire ban for the upcoming San Juan and San Pedro festivities in Tenerife

The Tenerife Cabildo has announced the prohibition of bonfires in the island's forest areas and the rural parks of Teno and Anaga during the upcoming San Juan (June 23rd) and San Pedro (June 28th) festivities, when it is tradition to have fires in the same way as November 5th in the UK.

Rosa Dávila, the president of the Cabildo, said during a press conference following the Government Council meeting, that this decision is driven by the heightened risk of forest fires during this period. She stated that a forest fire alert has been declared on the island from June 3rd to November 3rd.

While bonfires in forest and rural park areas are strictly prohibited, those in other regions are subject to authorisation by the respective local councils. It will be the responsibility of local governments to ensure that any bonfires comply with safety regulations.

In addition to this ban, the Firefighters Consortium of Tenerife will strengthen its resources and be on alert during the San Pedro and San Juan festivities, to ensure swift response to any potential fire incidents.

The announcement comes as part of a broader effort to safeguard the island’s natural areas and communities during the high-risk summer months. The Cabildo’s proactive measures aim to prevent any possible fire outbreaks, ensuring the safety and well-being of residents and preserving the island's environment.

About the San Pedro and San Juan festivities:

The San Pedro and San Juan festivities are vibrant celebrations held annually in Tenerife, marking the beginning of summer with a rich blend of cultural and religious traditions.

The festivities are characterised by colourful parades, traditional music, and community gatherings, where locals and visitors participate in joyous activities. Bonfires, a central element of these celebrations, are traditionally lit to ward off evil spirits and symbolise purification and renewal.

Despite these precautions, the San Pedro and San Juan festivities continue to be a highlight of the island's cultural calendar, bringing communities together to honour their heritage and enjoy the festive spirit.