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A general view of burt trees in the Cumbre Vieja Natural Park after the forest fire set at Villa de Mazoin was extinguished, La Palma, the Canary Islands, Spain, 08 August 2016.
Photograph: EPA/MIGUEL CALERO

Nearly 7 per cent of La Palma has been destroyed by a deadly wildfire that has ravaged thousands of acres of the Spanish island since last week, the Spanish news agency Efe said late Monday.

Emergency personnel have been largely able to contain the fire that has affected more than 4,400 hectares in total, the agency added.

The flames broke out after a 27-year-old German man allegedly defecated in the dry woods and lit his toilet paper on fire outside the town of El Paso, near the Cumbre Vieja nature park.

Spanish media reported that the German had been living on the most northwestern island in the Canary Islands for at least four years, most recently in a cave. He is currently being held without bail.

A 54-year-old forestry worker died Thursday while helping fight the wildfire, which broke out Wednesday, and thousands of people have been forces to evacuate their homes over the past several days.

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