The western front of the La Palma fire is under control and stable, and work continues now to begin to extinguish it, but firefighters have been unable to stop the advance of the flames in the high area of Mazo. During the night, the La Palma Cabildo announced sadly that it had not been possible to prevent the fire rising from the Tigalate area towards Tiguerorte, where firefighting efforts are now being concentrated. The Cabildo said, however, that temperatures in La Palma were considerably reduced and more importantly that clouds and rain were beginning to assist efforts to control and extinguish the blaze. Above isREAD MORE

AEMet has finally lifted the yellow alert for heatwave throughout the Canaries. Temperatures in the last week have soared, regularly rising into the 40ºs. The arrival of cool air from the north has brought a notable lowering of temperatures, particularly at mid-altitude which was hit hardest by the heat.  Canarias24HorasREAD MORE

Another night’s firefighting is in store for the forces tackling the inferno in La Palma, but at last they are able to say they have it contained. Official sources are stressing that they cannot begin to talk of having the fire under control, but they have at least got it circled and hope, with continued improvements in the weather, that they might be able to announce tomorrow that they have it under control.  El DiaREAD MORE

AEMet has reduced the Orange Alert to Yellow as temperatures begin to fall slowly and the hot gales start to drop. This is desperately welcome in La Palma particularly, as the huge forest fire there is still raging out of control and has torn through residential areas and reached the National Park in Cumbre Vieja. Firefighting efforts are continuing flat out, and even the Spanish PM, José Luis Rodríguez Zapatero, will take a break from his Lanzarote holiday today to visit La Palma to offer support and see the situation for himself. Meanwhile, a quarrel is smouldering over a local fiesta’s fireworks display on theREAD MORE

A huge forest fire is raging between the municipalities of Mazo and Fuencaliente in the south of the island of La Palma. The army is contributing to firefighting efforts, and helping to evacuate those in the path of the blaze, which has three main foci. Four thousand residents have already been helped to safety, but officials say that the fire is burning “totally out of control” and has already reached residential areas. The effort to gain control of the outbreak is described, quite literally, as all hands to the pumps. The fire’s severity has resulted in its being declared Category 2, which means that regional,READ MORE

A 38-year-old African man was arrested overnight after police were called to a severe beating in Playa de Las Américas. The assault took place around 3am near Torres de Yomeli, in the heart of the tourist area. It appears that the victim, a Nigerian prostitute, had agreed to have sex with the man, who is said to originate from Chad, but when she insisted that he used a condom, he started to attack her in a particularly brutal fashion. The woman was taken to a nearby hospital for medical attention, and the man is in police custody in the Las Américas Comisaría. Residents of theREAD MORE