Marcos Lorenzo, the mayor of Tijarafe, told the Spanish television station RTVE that people in the village were evacuated as the fire spread, but it was not clear how many had actually left.

At least 12 houses were destroyed as the fire advanced, said Fernando Clavijo, president of the Canary Islands.

“The number of people who need to be evacuated could rise. It depends on whether we can bring these strong winds under control,” Clavijo told reporters in La Palma.

About 4,500 hectares (11,120 acres) of land have been affected by the fire, authorities said.

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