Wildfire forces 2,000 to evacuate in Spain’s Canary Islands

MADRID (AP) — Authorities on Spain’s Canary Islands said around 2,000 people have been evacuated due to a wildfire that has ravaged more than 500 hectares since it broke out less than 24 hours ago.

At least 250 firefighters, nine helicopters and two planes were working yesterday to tackle the flames near the town of Valleseco on Gran Canaria island in the Atlantic Ocean archipelago, the provincial government said in tweets.

Officials said the blaze “has great potential” to spread and have ordered evacuations in at least six towns.

The island suffered another ravaging fire last week.

Wildfires are common in southern Europe during the hot, dry summer months. Nearly half of Spain’s provinces were on alert yesterday for high risk of fires, according to the country’s weather agency AEMET.

The trees above the road of the forested peaks of Valleseco are engulfed in flames during the forest fire that broke out just days after another blaze raged in the same area, in the Grand Canary Island of Spain. – PHOTO: AP