17th Jul 2023 @ 8:25 am

Lanzarote will send a squad of four firefighters, a 4X4 vehicle and an 8,000 litre water supply vehicle to La Palma to help with the task of extinguishing the forest fire that has raged on the island all weekend.

Cabildo President Oswaldo Betancort said “It’s time to show solidarity and help La Palma, which is why I’ve offered all resources required to combat this tragic fire.”

The blaze is still out of control, with changing wind conditions affecting firefighters attempts to control it. It is feared that it may spread to the stunning Caldera de Taburiente national park area.

Over 2,000 people have been ordered to evacuate the affected area, although with the memory of the difficulties caused by evacuations during the 2021 volcanic eruption in their minds, many residents have refused to comply.

Experts believe the fire may have been started by a fire in a rubbish container.

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