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Fires continue to rage on Spanish holiday island

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Fires continue to rage on Spanish holiday island


Spanish firefighters continue to battle wildfires which have ravaged hundreds of hectares on both the mainland and the Canary Islands.

Two fireman have died in the last 48 hours as exhausted crews no sooner get one blaze under control than another ignites.

On the holiday island of La Gomera, some of the 5,000 residents and tourists who had to be evacuated by boat and buses on Sunday and Monday have been allowed to return. But with fires still raging in the north hundreds of residents remain displaced.

Up to 11% of land on La Gomera has been destroyed prompting the Canary Island regional government to call for Spain to boost the its firefighting capacity.

A dry winter followed by soaring temperatures have made this summer the worst for wildfires in ten years.

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