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Wildfires rage on Canary Islands

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Wildfires rage on Canary Islands


Firefighters on the Canary Islands are struggling to keep forest fires away from population centres.

The fires, the worst for several years, have managed to spread to the Garajonay national park, which has a unique landscape recognised by UNESCO as a world heritage site. It is also a European bird sanctuary.

400 people have already been evacuated from their homes, and another fire near La Palma in the Mazo wildforests is also causing concern.

On the Spanish mainland in Extremadura one firefighter has been killed and three injured while tackling a blaze that began on Friday. The fires are now under control, and teams are working their way through destroyed forests to damp down the embers.

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