Thousands evacuated in Gran Canaria as raging wildfire 'has great potential' to spread
Some 2,000 people have been evacuated on one of Spain's Canary Islands due to a wildfire that has ravaged more than 1,235 acres (500 hectares) since it broke out less than 24 hours ago.
At least 250 firefighters, nine helicopters and two planes were working on Sunday to tackle the flames near the town of Valleseco on Gran Canaria in the Atlantic Ocean archipelago, the provincial government said.
Officials said the blaze "has great potential" to spread and have ordered evacuations in at least six towns.
The island suffered another ravaging fire last week.
Wildfires are common in southern Europe during the hot, dry summer months. Nearly half of Spain's provinces were on alert on Sunday due to a high risk of fires, according to the country's weather agency, AEMET.