The fire’s controlled

New needles on a burnt pine tree, Fuencaliente, 2009
New needles on a burnt pine tree, Fuencaliente, 2009

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.

Posted by sheila

Sheila came to La Palma with a six month contract and has stayed 24 years so far. She used to work as a software engineer at the observatory, but now she's a writer and Starlight guide.

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