Forest fire sweeps across Canary island as continent braces for hottest temperatures ever recorded

More than 4,000 people have been evacuated on the Canary island of La Palma after a forest fire swept through the north-west of the island as Europe continues to experience extreme temperatures with the Cerberus heatwave.

The regional government on Sunday put neighbouring islands including Tenerife and Gran Granaria on official alert for risk of forest fires with 4,500 hectares of land and a dozen homes already destroyed in Palma.

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