Air cover saves more fire damage
Investigations are taking place to determine the cause of a wild fire which broke out on La Palma last week.
Spanish newspapers initia-lly reported speculation by residents of Garafia that it might have been started because of stubble burning. However, officials stepped in straight away to say that speculation was not fair and the outcome of a full investiga-tion should be awaited.
Nevertheless, it was con-ceded that a fire at this time of the year was unusual because the weather was not so cold and there was more moisture in the soil due to recent rain.
The fire broke out early in the morning near a main road and a steep ravine and took five hours to control. It affected around five hectares of pine forest as flames advanced quickly down the steep bank.
The blaze could have taken longer to control if not for the swift intervention of air cover which the Canary Islands consider absolutely vital for future safety.
The first helicopter to arrive was based at La Palma airport and it was reinforced an hour later by a second helicopter from El Hierro. Later, this helicopter was replaced with one from north Tenerife.