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Fires begin to ease on Canary Islands

The fires caused the evacuation of one of the smallest islands, and affected 10,000 acres of land.

Smoke billows across houses as a wildfire burns near Chipude Village, La Gomera, Spain
Smoke billows across houses as a wildfire burns near Chipude Village, La Gomera, Spain
Image: Andres Gutierrez/AP/Press Association Images

A WILDFIRE THAT displaced thousands of people on Spain’s Canary Islands eased as the wind changed on today and firefighters worked to snuff it out, officials said.

The blaze on the Atlantic island of La Gomera, part of the Canaries, has forced 5,000 people to be evacuated and ravaged more than 10,000 acres of land, including part of a rare nature reserve.

Canaries emergency services spokeswoman Carmina Lorenzo said today:

During the night the direction of the wind aided the extinguishing work so the area burned has not notably increased.
The wind direction is helping to stop the fire advancing.

The most dramatic of several blazes across Spain in recent days, the fire on La Gomera first broke out more than a week ago and spread rapidly across the parched land in sweltering temperatures.

Emergency services received reinforcements including extra aircraft, and seven water-bombing planes and seven helicopters were fighting the fire on Tuesday, Lorenzo said.

Some of the 5,000 people who had been kept away from their homes were able to return on Monday evening, though several villages remained evacuated, she added.

The regional government earlier said the fire devastated hundreds of hectares in the Garajonay National Park, a UNESCO World Heritage site that is home to rare subtropical plants.

Spain is at particularly high risk of fires this summer after suffering its driest winter in 70 years. Two firefighters were killed while fighting a blaze in pine forests near Alicante in southeastern Spain on Sunday.

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Last month four people were killed by a wildfire in the northern Catalonia region. The Spanish government said a total of 132,300 hectares of land had been burnt this year up to 5 August.

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