'Good news' as Canary Islands blaze subsides

phys.org | 8/18/2019 | Staff
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Some 1,000 firefighters and other ground crew are battling the blaze, as well as around 15 water-dropping helicopters and planes.

A wildfire that has raged across vast areas of the Spanish holiday island of Gran Canaria since the weekend has abated as winds have dropped, local officials said Tuesday.

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"Good news on the blaze of Gran Canaria," Angel Victor Torres, president of the Canary Islands archipelago, tweeted.

"After going to the (affected) areas at night, experts tell me the fire is subsiding... and losing strength," he said.

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Antonio Morales, a Gran Canaria official, told Spanish radio that "luckily, the wind fell."

"As a result, it went very well last night compared to what we were expecting."

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Morales said the impact of the blaze on the island's protected, biodiverse areas had not been as bad as expected.

By Monday, the fire had entered the...
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