Updated 08/08/2012 @ 17:00 – The fires on La Palma and LLa Gomera are now reported as being under control, though there are concerns that the high temperatures due over the next few days may re-ignite them. Meanwhile, a second person has been arrested over their connection with the fires in La Gomera.
Updated 07/08/2012 @ 10:23 – It is reported that the conditions are good to gain control over the fires in La Gomera and La Palma. Meanwhile, a 28 year old person has been arrested in La Gomera after confessing to police that he was responsible for starting the fire.
Updated 06/08/2012 @ 10:23 – Seven helicopters and three hydroplanes are currently working on extinguishing the fires currently affecting the Canary Islands of La Palma and la Gomera which have so far affected over 3,000 hectares of land on La Gomera and around 850 hectares on La Palma.
Updated 06/08/2012 @ 07:23 – The authorities have admitted that they do not expect to have the fire on La Gomera under control in the next 24 hours. Over 600 people have been evacuated. The following roads are closed : GM-3 (from KM0 to KM8); GM-2 (from KM15 to KM31,5); CV-14 (from KM0 to KM7); CV-18 (from KM0 to KM7) and the CV-17 (from KM0 to KM7).
Updated 05/08/2012 @ 13:23 – Three hydroplanes are leaving mainland Spain towards the Canary Islands to assist in the fire extinguishing operations on the islands of La Gomera and La Palma. 670 people have now been evacuated from their homes and the fire has affected an area of over 3,600 hectares.
Updated 05/08/2012 @ 11:23 – The fires on La Gomera are now reported to have affected over 2,600 hectares of land and have reached the Garajonay National Park. Two of the six helicopters operating since yesterday fighting the fire on La Palma have now moved over to La Gomera. The village of Igualero has been evacuated as the fire is reported to have reached houses in this area.
Updated 05/08/2012 @ 09:23 – The forest fires that have been affecting the islands of La Palma and La Gomera since yesterday are still active and the one in La Gomera has now reached the Garajonay National Park in the municipality of Alajeró. Emergency services sources have reported that the fire entered not only the National Park, but also the area of Benchinjigua in the municipality of San Sebastián de La Gomera. There were further home evacuations last night as a precaution. On the island of La Palma, work is being carried out to prevent the fire reaching residential areas. It is hoping that the drop in temperarature today will help the tasks of fire extinction on the two islands.
Updated 04/08/2012 @ 22:23 – The fire in La Palma is currently affecting over 850 hectares of land. The government has raised the alarm level to ’2′ and a second helicopter has joined to help extinguish the fires.
Updated 04/08/2012 @ 21:23 – The areas of Tigalate y Tiguerorte in La Palma have been evacuated.
Updated 04/08/2012 @ 19:33 - The following areas of La Gomera have been evacuated due to todays fires : Jagüe, La Dehesa, Apartadero and Pavón.
Updated 04/08/2012 @ 18:33 – There is also an active fire on La Gomera and the fire on La Palma also continues to be active. On La Palma, residents have been evacuated from an area in Mazo, while on La Gomera, residentas have also been evacuated as a precaution near the area of Imada. The fire on La Gomera was declared just after 5PM today (Saturday, 4th August 2012). The areas affected are Los Manantiales, in Chipude and Igualero, both in the municipality of Vallehermoso. The fire on La Palma has three active areas, one of them, where the majority of the resources are being used to prevent it crossing to the other side of the island is near Cumbre Vieja. The other two is advancing in parallel with the south road towards Fuencaliente and the final active fire is in La Sabina where the fire is thought to have started.
Original post at 14:47 on 04/08/2012 – A fire has been declared in the area of Los Mereros in the forest of La Sabina which belongs to the municipality of Villa de Mazo on the island of La Palma. The extent of the fire is unknown at this moment. This area was affected by fire in 2009 and forced the evacuation of 4,000 people. Firefighters, local police and the Guardia Civil are working on extinguishing the fire and are being assisted by a helicopter. Smoke and ashes are visible from a distance of 6 to 8 kilometres away.