Fires destroy valuable land in Canary Islands

More than 4,000 hectares including part of world heritage site

The Canary Islands have been hit by fires that have destroyed more than 4,000 hectares of land, including part of a UN World Heritage site. A section of the Garajonay National Park on the island of La Gomera, home to hundreds of unique plant species, has been hit, although fire fighters are now said to have the blaze under control. Police suspect that the fires were started deliberately.
The neighbouring island of La Palma also suffered from a fire, contained on Monday, while mainland Spain has been hit by numerous forest fires after experiencing its driest winter in 70 years.
TTG Digital
[pictured: Garajonay National Park; courtesy]


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