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Wildfire on Canary Islands
News Bytes 08/20/2019 13 Comments

Yesterday, an out-of-control wildfire in Spain’s Canary Islands threw flames 160 feet into the air. Emergency workers had to evacuate more than 8,000 people . . . and the fire is still raging.

Summer is wildfire season worldwide. Pushed along by wind, sparks can cause dry trees, grass, and leaves to burst into flames. Wildfires can travel up to 14 miles an hour—faster than most humans can run.

The Canary Island blaze began Saturday afternoon. It has charred over 14,000 acres in just 48 hours, according to the government of Gran Canaria, a volcanic island off northwest Africa. Presently, the fire is racing across parched woodlands into Tamadaba Natural Park, at the center of the island.

Canary Islands President Ángel Víctor Torres says 1,100 firefighters fought the fires on Monday—along with 14 water-dropping aircraft.

Local fire officials say emergency workers faced huge flames and gusting winds that blew embers into the air. The sparks started other fires as summer temperatures reached nearly 97 degrees Fahrenheit.

Famous for its beaches and mountains, Gran Canaria and its capital, Las Palmas, are popular European vacation destinations and some of the most beautiful parts of God’s creation.

Wildfires are common in southern Europe during the parched summer months but changing habits and lifestyles have made woodlands more vulnerable, experts say.

Gran Canaria emergency chief Frederico Grillo believes recent blazes are much worse—“nothing like those we used to have,” when families worked in the countryside. In those days, residents kept forests trimmed and cleared.

Grillo says that even if the island used its entire yearly budget for forest fire prevention, workers could only clear 30% of its woodlands—and the island would still have large amounts of unreachable areas due to its steep mountains and deep ravines.

(Flames from a forest fire burn close to houses on Spanish Gran Canaria. Cabildo de Gran Canaria via AP)

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Oh no!! Looks like we need to

Oh no!! Looks like we need to do a LOT of praying about this issue. That's awful!

So scary!!

So scary!!
@Lena P Yes we do need to pray

VERY Bad

I hope that they will get everyone evacuated in time! Will be praying.

Oh no!!!

everybody needs to pray!!!

oh no!!!!

I hope no one gets burned!! i will be praying!! i hope they get there property back! and this burns itself out quickly!!
Remember the Lord is in charge.

Janna (Daniel's sister)

Sometimes fires are good to clear all the dead stuff out, so the new can grow better. Hope everyone will be safe though!

That looks bad. But in all of

That looks bad. But in all of this, it is good to know that God is always in control. I will be praying for protection for the people and for their property. I hope they will be able to build their houses back. I would be frightened and sad if that happened where I lived. We should also pray for the animals that they are also protected, and that the fire goes out soon. Everyone Pray. God Is Good and knows what to do, ALWAYS!!!

praying

I am praying :{

Lorelelie

I agree!!

@Nadia

I am glad you agree. Thx

yikes

yikes

Oh my gosh

Oh no we need to pray a lot and I hope the people are okay.

@Jaden

I agree that we need to pray a lot. I I also hope that the people are ok.

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