Five villages have been evacuated as a wildfire threatens residential areas in Tenerife, one of the Canary Islands in southwest Spain, as efforts continue to put out the blaze and evacuate people at risk, The Independent reported.
"The fire is out of control. The picture does not look very positive," Fernando Clavijo, President of the Autonomous Administration of the Canary Islands, said at a press conference.
Stating that approximately 1800 hectares of land burned in the fire, Clavijo emphasized that more than 200 personnel, 13 airplanes, and helicopters took part in the extinguishing efforts.
The villages of Arrate, Chivisaya, Media Montana, Ajafona, and Las Lagunitas, where the fire has become a major threat, were evacuated as a precautionary measure, and roads leading to the mountains in the northern part of the island were temporarily closed.
Source: Ihlas News Agency