Firefighters tackle La Gomera blaze

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Forest fires in the Canary Islands are still causing concern for Spanish authorities and holidaymakers

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The fires on the island of Tenerife have been brought under control but there are still fears that an increase in temperatures and wind could cause the fires to flare up again

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Firefighters are still battling blazes in La Gomera where a further 1,000 people have been evacuated

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Up to 4,000 people were previously evacuated over the weekend as the fires raged out of control

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The authorities have brought in firefighting planes to try and get the La Gomera fires under control

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A dry winter followed by a scorching summer, with temperatures reaching 44 C in southern areas in recent days, has increased the risks of wildfires greatly

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The fire started over a week ago and firefighters did think they had the blazes under control but high winds and temperatures caused them to flare up again

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The Canary Islands are a popular tourism destination, but the fires have not created severe disruptions, said ABTA, the travel industry association

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The Canary Island regional government has called on Spain to boost the islands' firefighting capacity as it can take over a day for reinforcement planes to be deployed from the mainland

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The fires are threatening some of Spain's most precious natural parks, including one that is a Unesco World Heritage Site