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LA Palma Wildfire : Firefighters battle to control blaze in Spain's Canary Island

LA Palma Wildfire : Firefighters battle to control blaze in Spain’s Canary Island

LA Palma Wildfire : Firefighters battle to control blaze in Spain’s Canary Island

Hundreds of firefighters are battling to bring a raging wildfire under control as the Canary Islands’ president appeals to residents to leave their homes.

More than 4,000 people were forced to leave their homes due to a dangerous wildfire in La Palma, one of the Spanish Canary Islands. The fire broke out on Saturday morning in a wooded area called El Pinar in the north of the island.

The fire spread rapidly and became uncontrollable. As a result, the authorities ordered the evacuation of villages called Puntagorda and Tijarafe, which are nearby. This happened when Europe was battling a heatwave, making the situation even more challenging.

Firefighters trying to put out the fire

To help local firefighters, the Spanish military has sent around 300 of its own firefighters to join the efforts to combat the wildfires. They have also sent nine helicopters and two aeroplanes that can carry water to help put out the fires.

The fire is located on the western edge of La Palma, a hilly area surrounded by trees and houses.

La Palma has a population of about 85,000 people. In 2021, the island experienced a volcanic eruption that lasted for about three months. The eruption forced thousands of people to leave their homes and caused significant damage worth around €900 million ($1.01 billion).

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