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Canary: the fire continues to ravage the island of La Gomera

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The fire has gained further ground on the small mountainous island of La Gomera in the Spanish Canary Islands. Some 5,000 people were still unable to return home Monday night. Residents were evacuated on Friday and on Sunday evening, about 3,000 residents were forced to leave the southwest part of the island. The work of firefighters in the island is very difficult because of high temperature, at least 35 degrees, wind and low humidity, with a rate of 11%, said the spokesman of Cabildo , Karen Bencomo. There were only three water bombers and four helicopters mobilized, ” We need ten more planes,” she said. In total, more than 4100 hectares were burned in the island since August 4, several hundred in the park Garajonay including a natural gem housing and Plant Heritage of Unesco, known as the “laurel”.

 

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