Wildfire prompts evacuations in Canary Islands


MADRID (Reuters) – A wildfire in the Canary Islands led to the partial evacuation of a small town in Gran Canaria island on Saturday, and officials said the blaze had a “great potential” to spread.

The wildfire started in the town of Valleseco, and an emergency area was declared for the municipalities of Moya and Tejeda. In the latter, some parts of the town of 1,900 inhabitants were evacuated for precautionary reasons and roads were closed, the regional government said.

Seven helicopters were battling the blazes as well as firefighters on the ground.

Reporting by Joan Faus; Editing by Hugh Lawson

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