Emergency services battle Tenerife wildfire as 3,000 forced to leave homes

After being battered throughout the summer by devastating wildfires, a new blaze on Tenerife has forced more than 3,000 people to evacuate.

Soldiers and firefighters have been battling to control a new wildfire on Tenerife that has forced some 3,000 people to leave their homes for safety.

The blaze, which started on Wednesday, is centered on the towns of Santa Úrsula and La Orotava in the mountainous north east of the island, away from the main tourist areas in Tenerife’s south west.

The same area suffered one of the island’s worst wildfires in decades in August when 14,000 hectares (35,000 acres) of pine forest and scrubland were burnt and some 12,000 people displaced.

Although that wildfire was brought under control it was never fully extinguished. Small fires have continued to break out periodically in the same area due to winds and high temperatures.

Wildfires devastated parts of Tenerife back in August. / Credit: AP

Some 120 agents including soldiers and firefighters were taking part in the operation to put out the fire, the Canary Islands government said. So far, an area of just 30 hectares (70 acres) has been affected.

The island, like the rest of Spain, has been experiencing an intense drought for several years and unusually high temperatures so far in October.

The seven Canary Islands are located off the north west coast of Africa and south west of mainland Spain.

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