Around 8,000 people evacuated from the Canary Islands fires

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Around 8,000 people have been evacuated as wildfires rip through Gran Canaria in the Canary Islands.

The fires, which started on Saturday near the town of Tejeda, are advancing on two fronts in a mountainous area of the island and a round 1,700 hectares have been destroyed and 11 roads have been closed.

Ten planes and helicopters, as well as about 700 firefighters on the ground including 200 from the military, are being deployed.

2,000 people evacuated due to forest fire in Canary Islands
People on a seaside promenade watch a firefighting plane as it approaches to touch down to collect water from the sea at the Bay in Las Palmas de Gran Canaria, Canary Islands, Spain. EPA-EFE/Elvira Urquijo A.

Efforts to tackle the fires are being hampered by high temperatures, strong winds and low humidity, officials say.

Forest fire in Gran Canaria
Image taken by Terra satellite of smoke emerging from Gran Canaria island (R), 18 August 2019. The forest fire reached Tamada Natural Reserve. EPA-EFE/NASA HANDOUT

 

Via The Local/ BBC/Reuters

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