Brits warned over Canaries fires

British tourists and expats on the Canary Islands are being urged to "stay in touch" with the Foreign Office as high temperatures and strong winds hamper efforts to control wildfires.

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Wildfires rage in Canary Island of La Gomera

Hundreds of people are continuing to flee from the Canary Island of La Gomera today, as authorities struggle to contain the wildfires that have engulfed parts of the popular holiday destination.

The fires began on August 4 and were thought to be under control last week, but it rekindled on Friday.

3,100 hectares of the island's forests have been destroyed by the fire, including 800 hectares of the Garajonay National Park, a world heritage site containing woodlands that have survived for 11 million years.

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Firefighters struggle against Canary Island wildfires

Crews working across the Canary Island of La Gomera said they were "finding it difficult to limit the spread of fire".

Wind and high temperatures has helped rekindle the flames in many areas, and forced the emergency services to retreat from the hills and mountains.

Officials in La Gomera said there was evidence that the fire was started deliberately. Ten towns and villages were evacuated across La Gomera, whilst residents and holiday makers had to flee eight towns across Tenerife.

4,000 residents forced to flee the Canary Islands

A plane drops water on a wildfire outside the village of Torremanzanas Credit: Reuters

Fires on the Canary Islands of La Gomera and Tenerife have forced more than 4,000 residents from their homes.

Britons are being urged to stay in touch with the Foreign Office as wildfires continue to rage across both of the popular tourist destinations.

More than 18 towns and villages have been evacuated, eight on Tenerife and 10 on La Gomera.

A fire fighter tries to control a wildfire outside the village of Torremanzanas. Credit: Reuters

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