Emergencies: 500 people evacuated because of forest fires on La Palma

Because of a forest fire on the Canary Island of La Palma, which belongs to Spain, at least 500 people have been brought to safety from their homes on Saturday.

Emergencies: 500 people evacuated because of forest fires on La Palma

Because of a forest fire on the Canary Island of La Palma, which belongs to Spain, at least 500 people have been brought to safety from their homes on Saturday. The fire broke out early in the morning near the town of Puntagorda in the northwest of the island. Because of the great drought and strong winds, the flames spread quickly, the mayor of the town, Vicente Rodríguez, reported on state TV broadcaster RTVE.

Since the wind direction is constantly changing, the fire has not yet been brought under control. At least eleven houses were burned down and an area of ​​about 140 hectares was destroyed. The north of the island in particular is also popular with emigrants from Germany. The island government announced that houses further south in the municipality of Tijarafe would also have to be cleared.

The westernmost of the Canary Islands made headlines for months in 2021 after the Tajogaite volcano spat out massive amounts of lava that flowed towards the sea in red-hot streams. At least 7000 people had to flee from the lava back then, country houses, banana plantations and vineyards were buried under meters thick lava.

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