Gran Canaria: Wildfires displace 4,000 on holiday island

Smoke rises from a forest fire that continues to burn land in Moya, Gran Canaria Image copyright EPA
Image caption The fires are advancing on two fronts across the holiday island

Around 4,000 people have been evacuated as wildfires rip 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.

Efforts to tackle the fires are being hampered by high temperatures, strong winds and low humidity, officials say.

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Image caption Assistance has been requested from the Spanish central government

“The fire is not contained nor stabilised 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.

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Media captionWildfires rip through Gran Canaria

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

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Image caption Separate wildfires ripped through the island last week

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