Firefighters in La Gomera now say that a drop in temperature of 10 C overnight and a change in the prevailing winds, which are now coming from the north, may mean there is a chance of bring the wildfire, which has now burned for nine days, under control.
An extra hydroplane has been put at the disposition of the Canarian government by Morrocco and this plane, which is similar to those already in service, is expected to also go into action today.
The fire has affected 11 per cent of the surface area of the island.
For the moment public bus tranport is restricted throughout the island and people from Las Hayas, Banda de Rosas, Los Loros y Casco de Vallermoso are still unable to return to their homes.
The CV-18 Chipude-Arure and the Cv-17 de Igualero to Las Hayas are re-opened but the exit to Valle Gran Rey is controlled by the Guardia Civil.
The fire is now advancing more slowly along a front from Las Hayas to Pajaritos heading in the direction of Vallehermoso
Javier González Ortiz, Canarian Government Minister for public safety said the more than 1,000 people evacuated from Vallehermoso by the local police, have spent the night in schools in the island’s capital, San Sebastian.