Spanish wildfires claim another victim

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Some of the worst wildfires to breakout on mainland Spain in the last ten years have claimed another victim.

A firefighter died on Sunday as he battled with a blaze in woods near the southeastern city of Alicante. Three others were injured.

Last month four tourists died in Catalonia while in Galicia in the northwest firefighters are currently struggling with another outbreak. But the Canary Islands are also feeling the heat.

The 40 degree plus temperatures and lack of rain have meant nearly 5-thousand people have been evacuated from their homes in the popular tourist destination of Tenerife.

The area has lost more than 200 hectares of land over this last weekend.

But it is not just Tenerife – La Gomera is suffering too.

Rescuers have shut some roads on both islands. Many on Gomera were trapped by the advancing flames with the sea as the only means of escape.

Spain is at particular risk of fires this summer after suffering its driest winter in 70 years followed by soaring temperatures.