UK holidaymakers on La Palma have been largely unaffected by the forest fires that have been raging on the Canary island since Saturday August 1, despite media reports of mass evacuations.

Thomson Holidays, the main UK tour operator to the island, said none of its customers in La Palma face any immediate danger and it was liaising with the local authorities who are monitoring the situation.

A Thomson spokeswoman said La Palma airport is operating as normal and two Thomson Airways flights to the island today are operating as planned.

She added: “The fires are now moving away from Thomson’s closest hotel, La Palma Princess, where 280 guests are currently staying.

“The welfare of our passengers is of paramount importance and our overseas staff are at the hotel with our customers, offering every assistance and addressing any concerns they may have.

“We have been advised that our customers in La Palma are calm and continue to enjoy their holidays.”

An ABTA spokeswoman added the destination remains small one for the UK, meaning British holidaymakers have been unaffected by the issues.

According to the BBC up to 4,000 people, including tourists, have been evacuated since the blaze began.

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