SANTA CRUZ DE LA PALMA, Aug 17 (EUROPA PRESS) –
The Cabildo de La Palma has requested that the fire that originated at noon this Tuesday in the municipality of El Paso be raised to level 2 and that the management be assumed by the Government of the Canary Islands, the president of the regional government has advanced, Angel Victor Torres.
The fire, which the mayor of El Paso, Sergio Rodríguez, has attributed to a cigarette butt thrown from a car, started in an area of bushes and agricultural land in the area of Fátima, Recta de Padrón and Avenida Venezuela but the strong wind and the High temperatures are pushing the flames towards the neighboring municipality of Los Llanos de Aridane.
Several homes with elderly people and people with reduced mobility have been evicted and the El Paso City Council has enabled the municipal sports center with beds managed by the Red Cross in case more people have to spend the night outside their homes.
For now, damage has been registered in some homes and more than 100 personnel are involved in the area, including Environment personnel from the Cabildo de La Palma, BRIF and EIRIF from La Palma, La Gomera and El Hierro, as well as Firefighters, Civil Guard, Police Local and agent of the La Caldera de Taburiente National Park, Civil Protection, AEA, Alfa Tango and the Red Cross, as well as managers of Cecopin La Palma.
Two fire trucks are also involved, from the Environmental Service of the Cabildo de La Palma, two from National Parks and four from La Palma Firefighters, as well as the tanks of the island’s municipalities.
The air resources involved are the Kamov, the Air Tractor, based in La Gomera, MI-51, MI-61 and MI-71, from the Emergency and Rescue Group of the Government of the Canary Islands (GES), two helicopters from the BRIF and the coordinator of the Civil Guard.
In the next few hours, professionals from the UME will join the team.