Canary Island fires 9,000 acres

Aug. 14, 2012 at 7:50 AM
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LA GOMERA, Spain, Aug. 14 (UPI) -- Fire on the Canary Islands has forced 180 residents in La Gomera to flee and scorched nearly 9,000 acres, or 11 percent of the island's surface, officials said.

Overnight weather conditions helped keep flames from spreading and only one active fire was reported late Monday, Spain's El Pais reported Tuesday.

At least two people died in the series of wildfires burning on the islands and on Spain's mainland, officials said.

Fire authorities said five seaplanes and seven helicopters were battling the fire from the air Tuesday and that the Moroccan government offered two seaplanes to Spain to fight "the complex situation that is going through."

About 5,000 people were allowed to return to their homes Monday, authorities said.

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