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Scores evacuated, one dead as Canary Islands 'toilet paper' blaze rages on

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Scores evacuated, one dead as Canary Islands 'toilet paper' blaze rages on

<p>A devastating wildfire was still out of control on Friday (August 5) on the Canary island of La Palma.</p> <p>Police said they arrested a 27-year-old German who admitted sparking the blaze on Wednesday – accidentally, as he answered nature’s call and then burned the used toilet paper.</p> <blockquote class="twitter-tweet" data-lang="en"><p lang="en" dir="ltr">German man accidentally sparks wildfire in the Canary Islands after lighting toilet paper <a href="https://t.co/hLDQU8ROAq">https://t.co/hLDQU8ROAq</a> <a href="https://t.co/khJ1GPOtrt">pic.twitter.com/khJ1GPOtrt</a></p>— Daily Mail Online (@MailOnline) <a href="https://twitter.com/MailOnline/status/761426691268968448">August 5, 2016</a></blockquote> <script async src="//platform.twitter.com/widgets.js" charset="utf-8"></script> <p>The fire has already ravaged more than 3,000 hectares in the centre of the volcanic island, known for its lush vegetation.</p> <p>One park ranger died while fighting the flames, and more than 2,500 people have been evacuated.</p> <p>One resident said: “There’s so much heat and ash in the air that we had to leave, wait until it’s over and hope our house doesn’t burn down.”</p> <blockquote class="twitter-tweet" data-lang="en"><p lang="en" dir="ltr">Wildfire claims life in Canary Islands <a href="https://t.co/jOkGlksmwn">https://t.co/jOkGlksmwn</a> <a href="https://t.co/9MdD9XIcXq">pic.twitter.com/9MdD9XIcXq</a></p>— euronews (@euronews) <a href="https://twitter.com/euronews/status/761308303980888064">August 4, 2016</a></blockquote> <script async src="//platform.twitter.com/widgets.js" charset="utf-8"></script> <p>The last big fire on the island was in 2009, when four thousand people were evacuated.</p> <p>La Palma is a popular tourist destination and this week’s wildfire comes at the height of a record summer holiday season.</p> <p>Soldiers and fire-fighting planes have been deployed to contain the flames, fanned by strong winds and high summer temperatures.</p> <blockquote class="twitter-tweet" data-lang="en"><p lang="en" dir="ltr">Around 2,500 people evacuated from their homes as La Palma fire spreads <a href="https://t.co/xEkUWWxeRP">https://t.co/xEkUWWxeRP</a> <a href="https://twitter.com/hashtag/Spain?src=hash">#Spain</a> <a href="https://t.co/URDltoiYF7">pic.twitter.com/URDltoiYF7</a></p>— El País in English (@elpaisinenglish) <a href="https://twitter.com/elpaisinenglish/status/761515211555831809">August 5, 2016</a></blockquote> <script async src="//platform.twitter.com/widgets.js" charset="utf-8"></script>