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Weather aids Canaries firefighters

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Weather aids Canaries firefighters


Emergency crews battling a forest fire on one of Spain’s Canary Islands say they have managed to partially contain the outbreak. Hundreds of fire fighters and several aircraft have been tackling the blaze on the popular tourist island of La Palma.

Several thousand hectares of pine forest have been destroyed but officials believe the worst may be over. A spokesman said: “The weather conditions have improved and we will now be able to set up a perimeter to contain the fire.”

Up to 4,000 thousand people have had to be evacuated from the area since the flames took hold on Friday. Spain is one of the countries hardest hit by wild fires in Europe this summer. At least eight people have been killed by fires on the mainland, as much of the country bakes in temperatures well above 30 degrees. 51 people have been arrested suspected of arson.

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