The Head of the Canarian Government department Civil Defense and Emergencies, Humberto Gutierrez, has admitted that they have been unable to bring the brush fire affecting the island of La Gomera under control.
Seaplanes have been waiting but could not be used because of the weather conditions. Ironically the thick fog in the higher reaches made it impossible for them to work.
Emergency services reported half an hour ago that the haze has dispersed and the hydroplanes have now joined the fire-fighting efforts.
The follwing roads are closed to the public GM-2, from the Alajéro crossroads to the Las Hayas road, CV- 17, CV 14 from El Cerro to La Zarcita and the CV-18.
President of the Canary Islands, Paulino Rivero, has called for the creation of a permanent base for fighting fires on the islands, at least during the summer and periods of risk, due to the difficulties of transferring staff to deal with an emergency as has occurred in La Palma and La Gomera.
“We are a long way away, we request seaplane support and it takes 24 hours to arrive said the President.