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palma wildfire

Wildfire on La Palma
Radio Sintonia:

The fire in La Palma is "out of control" and 2,021 people have been evacuated.

The president of the Canary Islands, Fernando Clavijo, has reported that the fire in La Palma, which affects the municipalities of Tijarafe, Puntagorda and Garafía, is now out of control. Weather conditions and changing gusts of wind have complicated the extinguishing work and have reactivated the tail of the fire in Garafía. At the moment, the fire has not entered the Caldera de Taburiente, but it has passed under El Reventón and is located in the area of the Hacienda del Cura, which raises fears that it may enter the National Park.

Right now there are 4,500 hectares affected. So far, 2,021 people have been ordered to evacuate; but there are only 32 in the reception center of Los Llanos and none in Tazacorte.

The president appealed to the responsibility of all the neighbors of the area to follow the indications of the agents before the danger that a change of wind brings the fire to the center of the town of Tijarafe. He also stressed that "in an emergency first you have to protect people, then material goods and thirdly are the tasks of extinction."

President Clavijo announced that "we have asked the Delegation of the Government of Spain in the Canary Islands and the Ministry of the Interior to activate the GRS, since the troops who are in evacuation work are facing problems to carry out the evictions and insisted on the need for the population to heed the indications of the official channels ".

The president of the Canary Islands said that the intensification of all extinction work has been ordered before night falls and before the aerial means are removed during the night hours. Right now, there are 10 activated air assets of which 5 are operating: two helicopters of average capacity of 1,500 liters, two light of 900 liters and a coordination helicopter. On the way to La Palma is a FOCA of the Ministry of Ecological Transition and a second seaplane has been activated that will arrive tomorrow.

From the Government of the Canary Islands, several ministries have been coordinated, including the Interior, Defense and Ecological Transition. The Minister of Industry, Commerce and Tourism, Héctor Gómez, as representative of the Government in the area, has assured that all possible means will be made available to facilitate the extinction of the fire as soon as possible and highlighted the correct coordination of the administrations under the guidelines of the Government of the Canary Islands. In this sense, he insisted that at this time the most important thing is the maximum coordination between administrations and the maximum possible support to the professionals who are working in the field.

The president of the Cabildo de La Palma, Sergio Rodríguez, called for responsibility. "We are talking about a very serious issue, we come from where we come from and we know what emergencies mean and we have to act responsibly and listen to all the authorities and evict the houses if they ask us." In the same way, he insisted on the need for the population to be attentive to official channels and valued the coordination between all administrations.

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Radio Sintonia:

The firefighters of Fuerteventura, heading to La Palma.

The Cabildo of Fuerteventura has moved a contingent to help in the tasks of extinguishing the fire suffered by La Palma. The operation was preactivated from this Saturday by the Cabildo and has started at the time it has been requested by the Government of the Canary Islands, administration that coordinates the emergency.

It is a device of 14 professionals and 6 vehicles, coordinated by the Cabildo de Fuerteventura, with the participation of professionals from all the services of the island. The president of the Cabildo, Lola García, and the Minister of Security, Paloma Hernández, appreciate the work of the team, as well as the quick collaboration of the municipalities to have personnel and material resources.

Likewise, there are three troops and a heavy vehicle displaced this Sunday from the fire department of the City of Puerto del Rosario as part of the device launched from the Cabildo de Fuerteventura in which several municipalities of the island participate.

Upon arrival in La Palma, the majorero team will be at the orders of those responsible for extinguishing the fire to act at the points where they are required.

The government team of the capital, thanked "the predisposition of these three troops who from the first moment volunteered to participate in the work of extinguishing the fire that affects Isla Bonita. We hope they can return soon and in perfect condition, once the situation on La Palma has returned to normal."
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Authorities are optimistic about fire control on La Palma.

The fire is still active, but evolves within the established lines and reactivations have been controlled


La Palma continues on tenterhooks. The forest fire that has hit the 'beautiful island' since Saturday is still active, claiming a total of 4,000 hectares. However, as reported by the Department of Homeland Security early on Monday, the improvement of Weather conditions during the night of this Sunday, has allowed in the last hours a favorable evolution of the fire.

The fire is still active, but it evolves within the established lines and the reactivations have been controlled. The media are concentrated in Cruz del Llano, El Reventón and La Caldera.

At the moment there is a device of 550 troops and 10 air means, in this sense they have been able to return by their own means 106 people who were sheltered and 116 remain. Today begins the re-emergence of dependents who were in residences.

The roads are all open, but caution is requested and follow the indications of the authorities and security forces.
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An illegal party could be the origin of the fire in La Palma.

The footage shows a charred vehicle and container; The Civil Guard investigates whether it could be an illegal party

The La Palma fire started in the area of El Fayal, next to the LP-1. From there, the flames spread downhill and then ascended, reaching great voracity and threatening numerous homes, advances DIARIO DE AVISOS.

Sources of the Civil Guard have confirmed to Canarias Radio the place of origin of the fire, where you can see the damage to a vehicle and what seems to be a garbage container. It is suspected that the burning of the latter triggered the fire, although an investigation is still ongoing.

The Emergency and Security Coordination Center (1-1-2) of the Government of the Canary Islands received the first alert calls at 1:05 am for the fire, which was raised to level 2 at 6:12 am. In the area, a judicial investigation team of the Civil Guard is investigating the causes of the fire.

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Radio Sintonia:

The contingent, consisting of 14 professionals and 6 vehicles, makes the trip back to the island of Majorera

The emergency device of Fuerteventura, composed of fourteen professionals and six vehicles, is on the return trip to the island after the Government of the Canary Islands has declared the stability and control of the fire that has affected La Palma during the last four days.

The contingent traveled to the beautiful island on Sunday, July 16 to collaborate with the security and extinction tasks. All high-risk work was carried out normally, such asthe protection of homes in the affected areas, ember actions and technical inspections on damaged structures.

The majorero device has also provided support in the restoration of essential services of the municipalities, and has carried out preventive control and surveillance actions in Tijarafe and Punta Gorda.

The president of the Cabildo, Lola García, and the Minister of Security, Paloma Hernández, express their gratitude for the excellent work of the emergency contingent and the solidarity shown by Fuerteventura to the people of La Palma. They also appreciate the quick action of the different municipalities in providing personnel and material resources.
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