Forest fire forces off 2000 Spanish Islanders

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More than 2,000 people were evacuated from their homes as a fast-moving forest fire broke out in the mountains of the Spanish holiday island of Gran Canaria.

The fire in the north-central part of the island was spreading quickly to more than 400 hectares, Canarian Government Security Councillor, Julio Perez, said in a statement.

“We are expecting a complicated night as strong winds are forecasted,’’ he said.

The fire started on Saturday evening in the town of Valleseco and nearby village of Tejeda, which was also affected by a blaze a week earlier, and several other districts in the area were also being evacuated.

Last week’s fire, now under control, started near Artenara, about eight kilometres south-west of Valleseco, and spread to 1,500 hectares, according to newspaper El Pais.