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Last Updated: Monday August 03 2009 14:01 GMT

In pics: Wildfires in holiday spots

Fires have been burning on the island of La Palma in The Canary Islands off Spain.

Fires have been burning on the island of La Palma in The Canary Islands off the coast of Africa.

Thousands of firefighters have battled the flames. Around 4,000 local people and tourists have been forced to leave their homes and hotels.

Thousands of firefighters have battled the flames. Around 4,000 local people and tourists have been forced to leave their homes and hotels.

The fires create loads of smoke.

The fires create loads of smoke.

Firefighters are cutting away bushes to create fire breaks. This is to stop the flames spreading.

Firefighters are cutting away bushes to create fire breaks. This is to stop the flames spreading.

Planes are also dropping thousands of litres of water on the blazes.

Planes are also dropping thousands of litres of water on the blazes.

The smoke can be seen from miles away.

The smoke can be seen from miles away.