Holiday island La Palma, Canary Islands, under forest fire alert


A wildfire is threatening the holiday island of La Palma, part of the Canary Islands in the Atlantic Ocean, and part of Spain.

El Paso is a town and a municipality on the island of La Palma, Province of Santa Cruz de Tenerife, Canary Islands, Spain. It is situated in the middle of the island. The island is a major attraction for tourists.

The fire is burning in the hills at El Paso.

The population of the municipality is about 8,000 and the area is 135.92 km², making it the largest municipality on the island of La Palma. The mean elevation is 600 m. The territory of the municipality includes the Caldera de Taburiente, a giant caldera constituting a national park.

The Canary Islands Government declared a forest fire alert.