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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.

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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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