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Canary Islands

The fires have razed 35,000 hectares

Spanish authorities are battling to control a series of wildfires devastating the Canary Islands where tens of thousands of British tourists are spending their summer holidays.

Tenerife, the most popular holiday destination in the group, has been worst hit with fires destroying more than 900 homes and almost 40,000 acres of land.

"There were huge flames shooting up into the air on the higher ground and there is a constant black and yellow smoke visible all over the island," said Mr Booth, from the tourist resort of Costa Adeje in the south of the island.

Ecologists have said that the fires caused "an environmental catastrophe" and were "among the worst that Spain has ever known".
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