Evacuated residents allowed to return home, due to a favorable evolution of La Palma wildfire

Published on July 17, 2023
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The favorable evolution of the wildfire in La Palma has led the Government of the Canary Islands to authorize the return to their homes of most of the 4,000 residents initially evicted from that area that includes the town of Tijarafe and almost the entire municipality of Puntagorda.

The president of the Canary Islands, Fernando Clavijo, has stressed that the fire "is not controlled", but the lower temperatures and humidity conditions throughout the night helped in the extinction efforts, although there are still concerns regarding the flank of the Caldera de Taburiente, to which it has hardly been possible to allocate resources, because the defense of populated areas has been prioritized.

A water bomber plane from the Peninsula has joined the extinction efforts, as well as specialized personnel from all the other Canary Islands, UME (Military Emergencies Unit).

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