The progress of the fire that has ravaged since Saturday the Spanish island of Gran Canaria has slowed overnight on Monday to Tuesday thanks to the decrease in wind, announced Tuesday morning local authorities.
"According to the technicians who visited the area that night, the fire slows down (…) and loses power", announced in a tweet the president of the Canary Region, Angel Victor Torres.
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"By chance, the wind has fallen. (…) Therefore, the night went very well, contrary to what we expected", explained an official of the island of Gran Canaria, Antonio Morales, on the radio Cadena Ser.
"The impact on the Tamadaba Nature Park", a pine forest among the wildest areas of Gran Canaria,"was less than originally feared, (the fire) did not reach the Inagua Strict Nature Reserve (…) It was mostly a shallow fire of low intensity"in the park," he said.
According to Antonio Morales, some of the thousands of evacuees could be allowed to return to their homes if this improvement in conditions continues.
10,000 hectares affected
On Monday, the authorities announced that about 10,000 hectares were affected by the fire that broke out Saturday in the mountainous center of the island off the coast of Morocco.
A thousand firefighters and agents are mobilized in the field, as well as about fifteen aircraft.
This fire is the third in ten days to touch the island of Gran Canaria.