Published On: Mon, Aug 19th, 2019

Gran Canaria fires: Latest news as 8,000 evacuated form ‘out of control’ raging inferno | World | News

Recent reports suggest at least 8,000 people near the town of Vallesco, the village of Tejeda and its surrounding areas, have been evacuated as a result of wildfires in Gran Canaria. Canary Islands regional president Angel Victor Torres told a news conference: “The fire is not contained nor stabilised or controlled.” At least 1,700 hectacres of land are thought to have been destroyed since the fires started on Saturday.

Around 700 firefighters have reportedly been deployed in the area to quell the flames ravaging the island.

And some 8,000 litres of water have been used so far, and further evacuations have not been ruled out.

Firefighters have worked overnight to tackle the blazes, as they continue to spread.

However, officials state the current high temperatures and strong winds are making tackling the fires difficult.

President Victor Torres said: “The environmental damage has already been done.

“We are facing a complicated situation in which the security of people is the priority now.”

The president also tweeted for the population to follow the instructions from emergency services workers.

A spokeswoman for emergency services in the region told Reuters: “The fire remains out of control. It is a very serious fire.”

Tejeda was evacuated last week due to a previous wildfire, which are common in Spain during the summer time.

The Foreign Office has not yet issued a warning surrounding British citizens travelling to Gran Canaria, but does issue advice on natural disasters on its website.

“Forest fires occur frequently in Spain (including Spanish islands) during the summer months.

“Take care when visiting or driving through woodland areas.

“Make sure cigarette ends are properly extinguished, don’t light barbecues and don’t leave empty bottles behind.

“You should be aware that causing a forest fire is treated as a criminal offence in Spain even if unintentional.

“If you see the on-set of a forest fire, call the emergency services on 112.”

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