More evacuated from path of La Palma fire

2016-08-07 19:02
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Madrid - Spanish authorities have evacuated 500 more residents in the path of a five-day-old forest fire on the Atlantic island of La Palma.

The regional government for the Canary Islands archipelago says the evacuation of two neighbourhoods in the town of Villa de Mazo took place on Sunday morning shortly after midnight as the fire spread through the hilly terrain.

The latest evacuation comes only hours after authorities said some of the 2 500 residents previously evacuated could return home.

Four planes

The blaze has claimed the life of one forest worker and destroyed around 4 000ha of forest on the volcanic island off the northwest coast of Africa.

An unnamed 27-year-old German man admitted to police on Friday that he had started the fire accidentally by burning some of his soiled toilet paper. Spanish media say he has been charged with grave negligence and was denied bail after a judicial hearing on Saturday while police continue their investigation.

About 350 firefighters, supported by four planes and eight helicopters dumping water, are battling the fire but strong winds and high temperatures are complicating their efforts.

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