The Spanish islands of La Palma and La Gomera, in the Canary Islands archipelago, continue to be affected by fires that have destroyed some 4,000 hectares (about 9,000 acres).

The most challenging blaze is the one on La Gomera, which forced authorities to evacuate some 600 people from their homes, officials with the Canary Islands regional government told Efe.

Seven helicopters and three cistern aircraft are being used to combat the fire, the officials added.

The La Gomera fire has two active fronts and one of them is affecting the Garajonay National Park, where there is an ecosystem of humid subtropical forests.

The outlook is more favorable regarding the fire on La Palma, since the blaze has been practically isolated and the 100 people who were evacuated have been able to return to their homes.

The officials said that weather forecasts for Monday are more favorable than they have been with an anticipated decline in temperature.

This summer Spain is experiencing a large number of fires that are affecting different parts of the country, both on the Iberian Peninsula as well as in the Canary Islands off the coast of West Africa. The Canaries were affected last month by other fires that threatened natural preserves on the island of Tenerife.

Over the course of several days, fires burned 14,000 hectares (35,000 acres), killed four people and injured about 20 in the northeastern region of Catalonia, along the border with France. EFE