Cooler temperatures and favourable winds are helping firefighters battle the 11-day-old blaze still raging on the Canary Island of La Gomera.
The wildfire is among the worst to affect Spain in 2012, a year that has seen a tripling of forest fires across the country.
Critics say that that economic crisis cutbacks are hampering efforts to deal with the blazes.
The Canary islands regional government said that fire on the island was still out of control.
Firefighters were making greater progress because of a sudden drop in summer temperatures and wind direction containing the fire’s spread, however.
Agriculture Minister Miguel Angel Canete has acknowledged that cutbacks have probably affected regional governments’ abilities to prevent or put out forest fires.