Firefighters stabilise Canary Islands fire, most residents go home

phys.org | 8/18/2019 | Staff
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Most residents in the Spanish holiday island of Gran Canaria who were evacuated over a raging wildfire were able to return home Wednesday after firefighters aided by cooler temperatures and calmer winds managed to stabilise the blaze, local officials said.

Flames as high as 50 metres (160 feet) had complicated the battle against the blaze burning since Saturday on the western slopes of the volcanic island located off northwest Africa, prompting the evacuation of several villages with a combined population of around 10,000.

Winds - Temperatures - Fire

But as winds and temperatures fell, the fire started to subside.

"It is stabilised. Weather conditions were good with low temperatures and higher humidity. If everything goes well in a couple of days it will be controlled," Federico Grillo, emergency services chief on the island, told reporters.

Temperatures - Days - Air - Humidity - Levels

But he cautioned that temperatures were set to rise again in the coming days and air humidity levels will drop which could...
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