The Cablido de La Gomera have valued the damages caused by the forest fires on the island this month at €71 million. The damage report, with contributions from the four municipalities affected by fire and relate to actions that are deemed necessary to repair the damages to housing, infrastructure and forest areas. The overall amount also included other items such as losses of tourist facilities or investments that are considered necessary to make a promotional campaign to help the island recover its image abroad. The Cabildo de La Gomera has refused to specify any details on the contents of the report or proposed measures, which will be presented in the coming days.
The fire that La Gomera has suffered in recent weeks, which during the most critical moments, forced the evacuation of 5,000 people in the municipalities of Valle Gran Rey and Vallehermoso, a quarter of the population of the island. It is estimated that the fires have affected 4,000 hectares of land, 11% of the surface of the island, 900 of them within the Garajonay National Park. These figures make this fire the worst suffered by the island since 1984, when twenty people died being trapped by fire in the area of La Laja.