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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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.