Wildfire in Gran Canaria forces home evacuations

Photo of Teresa Ribera at the Cepsa plant in Tenerife. Credit: [email protected]

A WILDFIRE raging in Gran Canaria has forced evacuations from a dozen areas.

Hundreds of residents of parts of Tejada, Artenera and Galdar had to get out of their homes on Saturday night as a preventative measure and roads have been closed.

The blaze started up in Artenara at midday on Saturday and by this morning had been classified as a level two danger and had affected at least 900 hectares on the island’s summit, the 112 emergency service reported on Twitter.

Given the seriousness of the situation the Canary Island government called for assistance from the Emergencies Military Unit, which has sent in about 30 personnel and eight support vehicles.

Meanwhile, the Guardia Civil has detained a 55-year old man from Telde suspected of unwittingly sparking the fire by using a welding machine at a property in the Las Peñas area, Spanish media reported.

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Cathy Elelman is the local writer for the Costa de Almeria edition of the Euro Weekly News.

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