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UK NewsIs it safe to travel to Gran Canaria? Latest travel advice after fires force more than 5,000 people to evacuate Canary Island

17:06  19 august  2019
17:06  19 august  2019 Source:   inews.co.uk

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Between 250, 000 and 300, 000 litres of water have been used to put out the fire to date, El Mundo reported, and more than 500 people in total have been Spanish state broadcaster RTVE said the evacuations were a precaution and no homes have been burned. Is it safe to travel to Gran Canaria ?

Is it safe to travel to Gran Canaria? Latest travel advice after fires force more than 5,000 people to evacuate Canary Island © Provided by Johnston Publishing Ltd

The Canary Islands are a popular destination among British tourists, but the region of Gran Canaria has been recently hit by wildfires.

Wildfires are raging near Valleseco in Gran Canaria and more than 5,000 people have been evacuated by emergency services from nearby towns.

Is it safe to travel to Gran Canaria? Latest travel advice after fires force more than 5,000 people to evacuate Canary Island © Provided by Johnston Publishing Ltd

Spanish authorities for the mountainous island in the Atlantic Ocean said more than 1,000 firefighters and army members are battling flames rising more than 50 metres into the air.

Is it safe to travel to Gran Canaria? Latest travel advice after fires force more than 5,000 people to evacuate Canary Island © Provided by Johnston Publishing Ltd

Aircraft and helicopters also are dropping water on the blaze to try and help get it under control.

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GRAN CANARIA tourists and residents have been forced to evacuate as a huge forest fire blazes across the popular Spanish holiday island . Given the popularity of the Spain island as a holiday destination for Britons - how safe is it to travel ? While the UK Foreign and Commonwealth Office has

Around 2, 000 people have been evacuated due to a wildfire in Gran Canaria . Authorities said the flames ravaged more than 1,235 acres on the Canary Island in less than a day. At least 250 firefighters, nine helicopters and two planes were working to tackle the flames on Sunday near the

Conditions creating 'perfect storm' for wildfires

High temperatures of around 40C are scorching the region, humidity levels are below 30 per cent and strong winds are fanning the flames into the air and starting additional fires, according to local fire officials.

This combination is thought to create a "perfect storm" for wildfires.

Aircraft have been helping to control the flames by dropping water. (Photo: Borja Suare/Reuters)

Fires have been raging since Saturday, with more than 3,400 hectares of land burned.

"The environmental damage has already been done," said Angel Victor Torres, the region's president, in comments reported by the private Europa Press news agency.

"We are facing a complicated situation in which the security of people is the priority now," he added.

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A fire that began Saturday has burned more than 6. 5 square miles. Evacuations were ordered in six towns on Gran Canaria . The same area was affected by fire a week ago. It is affecting the towns of Tejeda, Valleseco, Moya, Galar, San Mateo and Santa Maria de Guia, according to a news release

Is it affecting tourist hotspots?

While popular tourist resorts have not yet been affected, the fire could be heading towards the Tamabada natural park filled with old pine forests, according to BBC News.

This follows a separate fire that hit Artenara last week, about 20 miles from the capital of Las Palmas, believed to have been started by someone using a souldering iron.

The region is prone to wildfires during the summer months. (Photo: Desiree Martin/AFP/Getty Images)

More than 1,000 people were evacuated on that occasion.

The country's weather agency said around half of Spain's provinces had alerts for high risk of fire on Sunday.

What is the advice from the Foreign Office?

The Foreign Office hasn't issued a specific alert about Gran Canaria but does give general advice about forest fires in Spain.

It explains that temperatures there often exceed 40C in the summer, which increases the risk of fires.

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MADRID (AP) — Around 4, 000 people were evacuated Sunday because of wildfires that, for the second time in a week, ravaged the countryside of one of Spain's Canary Islands . The latest blaze broke out on Saturday afternoon near the town of Valleseco on Gran Canaria island in the Atlantic

MADRID (AP) — Around 4, 000 people were evacuated Sunday because of wildfires that, for the second time in a week, ravaged the countryside of one of Spain's Canary Islands . The latest blaze broke out on Saturday afternoon near the town of Valleseco on Gran Canaria island in the Atlantic

The Foreign Office said: "Forest fires occur frequently in Spain (including Spanish islands) during the summer months.

"Take care when visiting or driving through woodland areas.

"Make sure cigarette ends are properly extinguished, don’t light barbecues and don’t leave empty bottles behind.

"You should be aware that causing a forest fire is treated as a criminal offence in Spain even if unintentional.

"If you see the onset of a forest fire, call the emergency services on 112."

Are flights affected?

As things stand, most flights to Gran Canaria from the UK are going ahead, but it is best to check with your airline for the latest information as the situation could change.

Airlines who regularly fly between the UK and Gran Canaria include Jet2, Norwegian, EasyJet, Ryanair and TUI, among others.

Norwegian said its flights are "currently scheduled to operate as normal" but it will  "continue to monitor the situation".

TUI has confirmed "none of [its] flights have been affected" and Ryanair also said its "operations have not been affected by the wildfires".

Additional reporting by Associated Press.

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