Emergency services battle Tenerife wildfire that has forced 3,000 to leave their homes

Soldiers and firefighters have been drafted in to combat wildfires on Tenerife. Credit: 112 Canarias emergency services via X

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 northeast of the island, away from the main tourist areas in Tenerife's southwest.

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 northwest coast of Africa and southwest of mainland Spain.

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