Flames Encroach on Mountain Roadway as Wildfire Blazes on Gran Canaria

Flames surrounded a roadway in the mountainous area of Tejeda as wildfires continued to rage on the Spanish island of Gran Canaria overnight into August 19.

More than 8,000 people have been evacuated by authorities as of Monday, local news reported.

The evacuations affected the municipalities of Valleseco, Moya, Gáldar, Agaete, San Mateo, Artenara, and Tejeda.

The land and aerial resources used in combating the fire were the largest ever deployed for a blaze in the Canary Islands, said Ángel Víctor Torres, the island’s president. Credit: Cabildo Gran Canaria via Storyful