Firefighters Evacuate 2,000 People as Fire Rages on Gran Canaria

A massive wildfire has forced the evacuation of more than 2,000 people from towns on the Spanish tourist island of Gran Canaria.

Footage posted by Cabildo Gran Canaria show emergency crews, helicopters, and planes battling the fire, which started on Saturday, August 17, in the town of Valleseco.

The municipalities of Tejeda and Valleseco were evacuated as hundreds of emergency personnel continued to fight the blaze on Sunday.

The Military Emergency Unit (UME) of Seville has reportedly sent reinforcements to help contain the fire on Gran Canaria.

A fire on Gran Canaria last week burned about 1,500 hectares (3,700 acres). Credit: Cabildo Gran Canaria via Storyful