At the epicenter of the fire, which broke out early Saturday morning in Puntagorda, the temperature at 11:00 a.m. was 24 degrees, compared to more than 40 on Friday and 33 on Saturday. Good news for firefighters.
The drop in temperatures on Sunday on the Spanish island of La Palma in the Canary Islands (southwest), after a heat wave, favors the progress of firefighters to extinguish a fire which has burned around 4,000 hectares, according to a new report from the authorities.
“We could be 1000 hectares below what we gave”, that is to say now 4000 hectares burned and no longer 5000, declared the head of civil protection of the Canaries, Montserrat Roman, Sunday in conference of press.
“After evaluating the course of the day today, we have taken the decision to allow access to the houses” of most of the 4,000 inhabitants evacuated from two localities, Tijarafe and Puntagorda, announced for his part to the press the president of the Canary Islands region, Francisco Clavijo.
“The flames have slowed down”
“The night passed normally, the weather situation helped us a lot, the temperatures dropped considerably,” said Sergio Rodriguez, president of the island “cabildo” of La Palma, the governing body. of the island, in a video posted on social networks.
At the epicenter of the fire, which broke out early Saturday morning in Puntagorda, the temperature at 11:00 a.m. was 24 degrees, compared to more than 40 on Friday and 33 on Saturday.
“As a result, the flames slowed down and the hundred people hard at work in the area managed to contain the perimeter,” he added.
“We are confident that in the next few hours, days, we can put an end to this fire,” Tourism, Industry and Trade Minister Hector Gomez told public television TVE. , who went there.
Some 400 firefighters are still battling the fire on the island, with support from 11 aerial devices, according to the Canary Islands regional government.
Source: BFM TV