Canary Islands wildfire stable but continues to burn, acting PM says

VALLESECO, Gran Canaria, Spain – A wildfire within the fashionable vacationer island of Gran Canaria has been stabilised however continues to burn, Spain’s performing prime minister stated on Thursday, promising that the 1000’s affected by the hearth would get assist in rebuilding.

The blaze started on Saturday close to the city of Tejeda earlier than rapidly rising into one of many yr’s greatest wildfires in Spain, fueled by a mix of excessive temperatures, robust winds and low humidity, forcing the evacuation of 10,000 individuals.

“The fireplace is just not extinguished, so we have to be prudent,” Pedro Sanchez advised reporters throughout a go to to the Canary Islands.

“To the municipalities affected by the hearth and the island of Gran Canaria, we’re committing that we’re going to assist, we’ll help in order that day-to-day life on the island returns to what it was earlier than the hearth,” Sanchez stated.

The fireplace has left a path of destruction throughout round 8% of the island, with a whole lot of firefighters and greater than a dozen planes battling flames as excessive as 50 meters in latest days.

The injury has been contained to round 9,200 hectares of the mountainous central a part of the island, reasonably than the coastal areas which are typically teeming with vacationers.

By Thursday round 7,500 of these evacuated have been allowed to return to their properties.

(For a graphic on Canary Islands wildfire, click on right here)

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