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Extra aircraft help bring La Gomera wildfire under control

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Extra aircraft help bring La Gomera wildfire under control


There are now seven helicopters and seven airplanes fighting wildfires on the Canary Island of La Gomera. And the good news is they appear to be winning at last.

Local authorities say after a 10-day battle, the extra aircraft – including two helicopters from Morocco – and a drop in temperatures are helping turn the situation round.

But that is little comfort for those whose homes and land have been destroyed.

One woman wept as she said: “Someone will have to pay for this. This was negligence by the government. And I am not the only one, many of us have been affected by this. All I wanted when I found out my house had burned down, was that my son was safe because he had told me he was staying to fight the fire.”

Wildfires on La Gomera and Tenerife – another Canary island – and on mainland Spain have been particularly fierce this season, claiming several lives and destroying tens of thousands of hectares of land including parts of the Garajonay National Park.

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