Spanish firefighters overwhelmed by size of fire in Gran Canaria

epa07766556 Smoke rises from a forest fire in Artenara, Gran Canaria, Canary Islands, 10 August 2019. EPA-EFE/ELVIRA URQUIJO A.

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About 1,000 people have been forced to flee a huge mountain fire on the holiday island of Gran Canaria.

Strong winds and temperatures of more than 32C are hampering efforts to douse the flames.

The fire poses a threat to several towns as well as the Tamadaba natural park on the west of the island, according to the authorities.

Troops have been drafted in to help 200 firefighters battle the blaze, which currently spans nearly 2,500 acres, about 20 miles from the capital Las Palmas.

Helicopters and planes are being used to drop water on the area in an attempt to tackle the raging inferno.

Via The Local/Sky News/The Independent


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