Gran Canaria wildfire forces evacuation of 1,000 residents

Canary Island fire has burned nearly 2,500 acres

The regional government of the Canary Islands said 200 firefighters and 10 water-dumping aircraft were working to combat the blaze. Photograph: Elvira Urquijo/EPA

The regional government of the Canary Islands said 200 firefighters and 10 water-dumping aircraft were working to combat the blaze. Photograph: Elvira Urquijo/EPA

 

A wildfire on the Canary Island of Gran Canaria has burned 2,470 acres and forced the evacuation of 1,000 residents.

The regional government of the Canary Islands said 200 firefighters and 10 water-dumping aircraft were working to combat the blaze that started on Saturday for reasons unknown.

Spain’s military emergency unit that specialises in fighting fires has also deployed to the area. Spanish state broadcaster RTVE said the evacuations were a precaution and no homes have been burned. Televised images showed a fire consuming the hillside near a town overnight. – PA