31 Jul 2007 (from AFP) - Wildfires sweeping across Spain's Canary Islands have forced authorities to evacuate around 11,000 people in the biggest fires on the archipelago in a decade.
The fires have covered 24,000 hectares on two of the archipelago's seven islands, Gran Canaria and Tenerife, after being fanned by strong winds.
A state of "maximum alert" has been declared and additional planes are being sent to the archipelago off Africa's western coast to battle the flames.
Envisat views of wildfires
Tenerife: Fires are visible along the south west coast of Tenerife Island. These images (generated with different combinations of layers) also show fire over the mount of Pico de Teide.
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