Wildfires in Spain

Associated Press
Smoke billows across houses as a wildfire burns near Chipude Village, La Gomera, Spain, Sunday, Aug. 12, 2012.  Wildfires spurred by high temperatures raged across Spain's Canary Islands of La Gomera and Tenerife as well as Ourense in northwestern Spain. Flames are threatening some of Europe's oldest surviving forests in the Garajonay National Park in La Gomera and have forced the evacuation of hundreds of people across the country. (AP Photo/Andres Gutierrez)

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Fierce wildfires forced the evacuation of thousands of residents and were threatening some of Spain's most precious natural parks and led to the evacuation of more than 4,000 residents. This comes on the heels of earlier outbreaks which ravaged the Portuguese archipelago of Madeira back in July. 

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