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Flames lick Tenerife's UNESCO park

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Flames lick Tenerife's UNESCO park


A wildfire raging in the Canary Islands has now entered a national park that is a UNESCO World Heritage site.

Since it started on Sunday, the blaze on Tenerife has already ripped through more than 3,000 hectares of land. And on Tuesday the flames made their way inside the Teide National Park.

Onlookers watched the spectacle in horror.

“We’re going to lose a huge amount of forests with this,” said one. “We don’t have enough resources to fight the fire.”

“It’s quite hard to see this,” added another. “We’re going to end up with no pines.”

While damage to the Teide National Park is grabbing headlines, another fire is raging on the island of La Palma.

Hundreds of fire-fighters backed by helicopters and fire-fighting planes are doing their best on both islands but admit they have not yet brought the blazes under control. Extra resources are on their way from mainland Spain.

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