Wildfires: Thousands Evacuated On Spanish Island
More than 3,000 people have been evacuated as wildfires continue to tear through the Spanish Canary Island of Tenerife, a popular tourist destination, the Region’s Authorities have said in a statement.
The blaze has burned some 2,600 hectares (around 6,424 acres) so far and the Region’s Leader, Fernando Clavijo said that the fires were burning “out of control.”
He added that more evacuations haven’t been ruled out.
“It is probably the most complicated fire that we have had on the Canary Islands in the last 40 years,” Clavijo told journalists at a Press Conference, according to local media.
More than 370 personnel and 17 firefighting aircraft have been deployed to control the blaze, a statement said.
Tenerife was especially hot over the weekend and into the first part of this week with temperatures ranging in the mid-30 degrees Celsius, which above average for this time of year.
Extreme heat is growing again in Europe and is expected to peak next week at potentially record-breaking levels.