Firefighters contain Canary Islands blaze: officials

phys.org | 6/30/2019 | Staff
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Firefighters have managed to contain a fire raging on the Spanish holiday island of Gran Canaria which sparked the evacuation of hundreds of people, local officials said Monday.

"The containment efforts have borne fruit and the prospects are good," Angel Victor Torres, the president of the regional government of the Canary Islands, told a press conference late Monday.

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However, the archipelago's emergency service warned that strong gusts of wind and an impending heatwave could fan the remaining embers into another fire.

"All the manpower will stay in place and 230 people will continue to work the land during the night," it said in a tweet.

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The blaze had spread across 23 kilometres (14 miles) since erupting Saturday in the western municipality of Artenara near the provincial capital of Las Palmas.

Some 250 firefighters and soldiers have been battling the wildfire.

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Around a dozen water bomber planes and helicopters were mobilised to help contain the blaze which has so far...
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