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Thousands evacuated in Spain forest fires

Firefighters of Alcoy and Elda try to extinguish a fire in Torre de Macanes, near Alicante, Spain, on August 13, 2012.
Firefighters of Alcoy and Elda try to extinguish a fire in Torre de Macanes, near Alicante, Spain, on August 13, 2012.Pedro Armestre / AFP - Getty Images

Firefighters battle a fire in Torre de Macanes near Alicante on August 13, 2012.
Firefighters battle a fire in Torre de Macanes near Alicante on August 13, 2012.Pedro Armestre / AFP - Getty Images

Reuters reports — More than 4,000 people have been evacuated from their homes in Spain's Canary Islands because of forest fires that are difficult to control due to a heatwave and strong winds, authorities said on Sunday.

On the Spanish mainland two people were killed and three injured while trying to put out a fire in Torremanzanas, near the eastern city of Alicante, according to local media reports. 

 

A plane works to extinguish a wildfire in La Gomera in Spain's Canary Islands on August 12, 2012.
A plane works to extinguish a wildfire in La Gomera in Spain's Canary Islands on August 12, 2012.Andres Gutierrez / AP

People disembark from a ferry after being evacuated from Valle Gran Rey at San Sebastian de la Gomera port on the island of La Gomera on August 13, 2012.
People disembark from a ferry after being evacuated from Valle Gran Rey at San Sebastian de la Gomera port on the island of La Gomera on August 13, 2012.Santiago Ferrero / Reuters

Firefighters try to extinguish a fire in Torre de Macanes near Alicante on August 13, 2012.
Firefighters try to extinguish a fire in Torre de Macanes near Alicante on August 13, 2012.Pedro Armestre / AFP - Getty Images

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