Spain’s acting minister of agriculture and the environment, Isabel Garcia Tejerina, said that the blaze had consumed between
A group of Forest Fire Brigades point to a fire approaching the village of Fuencaliente on the Spanish Canary island of La Palma. (Desiree Martin, AFP)
Madrid – Spanish authorities a forest fire started by a German burning his soiled toilet paper continues to spread in La Palma in the Canary Islands.
3 500 to 4 000ha of forest, up from the 2 000ha destroyed to Friday.
The fire claimed the life of one forest worker on Thursday and has caused the evacuation of 2 500 people from three towns on the volcanic island located off the northwest coast of Africa.
A 27-year-old German man admitted to police on Friday that he had started the fire accidentally by burning some toilet paper.
Over 350 firefighters are working to control the flames.