8,000 evacuated in Gran Canaria wildfire

Madrid, Aug 19 (IANS): Some 8,000 people have been evacuated from several areas of Spain's Gran Canaria Islands due to a large wildfire that has spread to more than 3,400 hectares, authorities said on Monday.

This is the third fire in the last week on the island, reports Efe news.

The blaze continues untamed in the Tamadaba Natural Park in the Northeast of Gran Canaria Island which has been declared a Biosphere Reserve.

Around 20 roads are blocked due to the raging fire.

Some 400 personnel worked overnight to contain the rear of the fire as well as the right and left flanks while the fire continued to spread across the park.

At least 40 people spent the night at the cultural centre in the Artenara municipality and will be allowed to leave as soon as the situation allows it.

This new fire, that began on Saturday, was preceded by two other fires - on the Gran Canaria tourist island - that have not yet been put out completely, although they are under control.

The biggest of the two fire spread to nearly 1,200 hectares of forest area and forced the evacuation of nearly a thousand people from several localities.

While the other burnt 160 hectares of scrubland.


Top Stories


Title : 8,000 evacuated in Gran Canaria wildfire


You have 2000 characters left.


Please write your correct name and email address. Kindly do not post any personal, abusive, defamatory, infringing, obscene, indecent, discriminatory or unlawful or similar comments. Daijiworld.com will not be responsible for any defamatory message posted under this article.

Please note that sending false messages to insult, defame, intimidate, mislead or deceive people or to intentionally cause public disorder is punishable under law. It is obligatory on Daijiworld to provide the IP address and other details of senders of such comments, to the authority concerned upon request.

Hence, sending offensive comments using daijiworld will be purely at your own risk, and in no way will Daijiworld.com be held responsible.

Security Validation

Enter the characters in the image