Fire in Mazo

[UPDATE 11 PM: People will soon be able to go back to their houses in Tigalate and Tiguerote, but the authorities are planning the evacuation of Montes de Luna.] We have another fire, in Mazo, near La Sabina.  One front is burning uphill, pushed by 35 km/h winds.  The other is heading for Fuencaliente. About 70 people have been evacuated from the villages of Tigalate and Tiguerote. The road is…

August 4, 2012
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Video of the fire in El Paso

This video was taken in Monday 16th. The fire was officially under control by 2 pm on the 18th, and then another column of smoke scared everybody to death again, but it was dealt with very promptly. Meanwhile, the police are investigating the possibility of arson.

July 19, 2012
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The La Palma Fire from Space

NASA image of the La Palma fire on Sunday I was going to have a break from blogging for a couple of days, but I couldn’t resist this photo, taken from a NASA satellite on Sunday August 2nd. The island downwind of La Palma is La Gomera, 50 km away. I think it must have been early on Sunday afternoon: the fire in the west is out, and the clouds…

August 4, 2009
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Yippee! The Fire’s Under Control

The island government has just announced that the fire’s under control. “Under control” isn’t quite the same as “out”. It means the mountainside is still smouldering, and they have to put out the embers before the wind gets up. But with this weather, it really ought to be ok. And apologies of you tried to access this site yesterday evening. The domain providers in the USA had a power cut…

August 4, 2009
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The Damage in Fuencaliente

Burnt House in Fuencaliente, La Palma My first impression of Los Canarios, the main village in Fuencaliente, is that it’s a heck of a lot better than I expected. The fire damage is very fluky, presumably because the fire moved so fast and the gusts of wind kept changing direction. As you can see, sometimes a house got burnt out completely, and its neighbours untouched, or the top floor burned,…

August 3, 2009
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La Palma’s still burning

Helicopter dropping water on the fire at Tigalate, on La Palma The fire on La Palma is still burning, but it’s a lot smaller, and a lot farther up the mountain and away from houses. Hopefully, now that all the helicopters and both planes are dumping water on the same place, it’ll be sorted out soon. Smouldering forest, Mazo, La Palma Meanwhile there are acres and acres of smouldering forest,…

August 3, 2009
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