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10 Helicopters, 700 Firefighters And 200 Military Men Unable To Contain The Wildfires Which Chased 4,000 People Away From Their Homes At The Beautiful Canary Island Spain

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Around 4,000 people have been evacuated as wildfires rips through Gran Canaria in the Canary Islands.

The fires, which started on Saturday, are advancing on two fronts in a mountainous area of the island.

Ten planes and helicopters, as well as about 700 firefighters on the ground including 200 from the military, are being deployed.

officials say efforts to tackle the fires are being hampered by high temperatures, strong winds and low humidity, “The fire is not contained nor stabilized or controlled,” Canary Islands regional president Angel Victor Torres told a news conference.

Requests for assistance had been made to the Spanish central government, he added.

The fires started near the town of Tejeda. Around 1,700 hectares (4,200 acres) have been destroyed and 11 roads have been closed.

Hundreds of people were evacuated due to separate wildfires on the holiday island last week.

 

 

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