Around 18:00 pm, 3rd August, the Canary Islands Government declared the fire that started at noon in the municipalities of El Paso and Los Llanos de Aridane, La Palma as a Level 2 emergency. The Minister of Territorial Policy, Sustainability and Security, signed the order following the request from the Cabildo de La Palma for assistance.
One of the measures taken was to send a detachment of 70 members of the Emergency Military Unit from Tenerife. They will join the hundreds of ground staff from the Environment of the Cabildo, Fire La Palma, National Parks staff, the Civil Guard and reinforced from the air by four emergency helicopters including the KAMOV, based in Tenerife, and a seaplane from La Gomera.
The closure of LP-2 and LP-212 to traffic is to facilitate access for emergency services to the fire area. The Emergency Department has moved several ambulances, basic life support equipment, and logistics support from the mountain and communications group to the area. So far the only injured is a firefighter who had suffered less severe trauma.
This is a complicated area due to the mountains making it difficult for ground troops to access but those who are there worked in a coordinated manner from the start to take advantage of daylight hours. However as of midnight, the fire was spreading up the mountain towards heavily forested areas.