Fires rage on Spain’s Canary Islands

Author: AP

Regional government security counselor Jose Miguel Ruano says ground-based
firefighters have had to retreat as the fire rages near La Palma’s town of
Fuencaliente.

Around 500 firefighters are deployed along with seven water-dropping aircraft.
The flames have destroyed some 30 homes and several wineries, and some 4,000
residents were evacuated from the area on Saturday

La Palma is one of the least developed of the Canary Islands, off West Africa,
and was praised by pop star Madonna in her song “La Isla Bonita.”

Prime Minister Jose Luis Rodriguez Zapatero plans to visit today.

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