More than a thousand leave La Gomera by ferry
Thousands of local people and tourists have fled buildings in the path of a forest fire on the island of La Gomera in the Canary Islands. Despite the efforts of firefighters, dry vegetation and high winds are feeding the fire. More than a thousand people have left the island by ferry. The worst affected area is Valle Gran Rey, where houses and roads have been cut off and consumed by the fire. Another fire has affected Tenerife, although that one is smaller.
As previously reported, the Canary Islands have been hit by a number of fires that have swept through more than 4,000 hectares of land, including part of a UN World Heritage site. Around 750 hectares in the Garajonay National Park on La Gomera, home to hundreds of unique plant species, has been destroyed.
[pictured: Garajonay National Park; photo by A Stephan]