Wildfire surged through the famed holiday island in Spain, Gran Canaria, forcing massive evacuation, reaching up to 5,000 people evacuated so far, according to local authorities. The wildfire will take days before it can be put under control, AFP has reported.
The fire started on August 18th near the town of Tejeda and spread to the Cruz De Tejeda, a mountainous area known for its scenic landscape.
"The fire is not contained nor stabilised or controlled," Canary Islands regional president, Angel Victor Torres. told a news conference on August 18th. "The next few hours will be very important because the weather forecast for the night is not good," Torres said.
The Canary Islands received 13.7 million foreign visitors last year, over half of them from Britain and Germany. According to a local newspaper in the Island, the number of evacuated people has reached 8,000. However, news agencies currently have the 5,000 figure, as reported by AFP.