Weather change fuels hopes Gran Canaria blaze can be tackled

Weather change fuels hopes Gran Canaria blaze can be tackled

Authorities in the Canary Islands say that lower temperatures and gentler breezes are providing respite for firefighters trying to tackle Spain’s biggest wildfire of the year.

More than 12,000 hectares (30,000 acres) have been burned in the western slopes of Gran Canaria, an island off north-west Africa popular with European holidaymakers.

Around 10,000 people remain evacuated and more than 1,000 firefighters and emergency workers have been deployed.

Fire on the mountains on the western slopes of the popular holiday island (AP)
Fire on the mountains on the western slopes of the popular holiday island (AP)

Canary Islands president Angel Victor Torres tweeted that the blaze is losing strength and the heart of the island’s main nature reserve of Tamadaba has been spared from the flames.

Only the night before, authorities described the fire as “uncontrollable” and quickly advancing toward the south of the volcanic island.

- Press Association

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