#AceNewsReport – Aug.12: Around a thousand people have been forced to flee a huge mountain fire on the holiday island of Gran Canaria: 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: Strong winds and temperatures of more than 32C (90F) are hampering efforts to douse the flames Sky News reported.
Strong winds and high temperatures are hampering efforts to douse the flames
More than 400 people were evacuated when a massive wildfire erupted on Saturday on Gran Canaria, the second most populous island of Spain’s Canary Islands, according to RTVE broadcaster.
People are still being evacuated in Artenara, Tejeda and Galdar municipalities, according to the Canary Islands’ emergency services.
Thousand hectares of land were affected by the inferno. 10 aircraft were deployed to contain the blaze, but the fire is continuing to rage: Local civil guards detained a 55-year-old man on Saturday suspected of starting the fire by negligent use of a welding machine.
The fire poses a threat to several towns as well as the Tamadaba national park on the west of the island, according to the authorities: It had initially been thought the fire, which started on Saturday, had been brought under control, but it flared up again on Sunday morning.
The Gran Canaria fire brigade tweeted: “We are overwhelmed by the situation. We continue working and fighting for our island.”………..
Witness Carla Rodriguez described the scene of destruction as “one of the most painful images I’ve seen in my life”………The plume of billowing smoke from the fire was visible across the island and from neighbouring Tenerife.
A 55-year-old man has been arrested in connection with the blaze, thought to have been started by a soldering iron.
#AceNewsDesk reports …………….Published: Aug.12: 2019: ABC News: About 1,000 people were evacuated from their homes as Spanish authorities battled a massive wildfire on the Canary Island of Gran Canaria. https://t.co/IOOGJqB1Xd https://t.co/uQdj4U6WPb
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