Footage has emerged of the incredible efforts made by the Spanish Air Force in trying to extinguish the wildfires ongoing in Tenerife.
It is understood that five aircraft have been assisting in the aerial extinguishing of the fires ongoing on the island.
Below is a video from the Spanish Air Force, which showed some incredible footage of their efforts:
Ongoing Efforts in Tenerife…
The five aircraft assisting in this effort have had a total flight time of 32 hours and 20 minutes, as of 9am UK time this morning.
This has culminated in 88 downloads of water which have doused fires across Tenerife, thanks to efforts by the 43rd Group Firefighting Squadron of the Spanish Air Force.
As per The Guardian, more than 7,500 people have been evacuated or ordered to stay indoors as the wildfires have burned through 2,600 hectares of land so far.
It is understood that the fires currently have a perimeter of around 32km.
The Regional President of the Canaries, Fernando Clavijo, had this to say on the wildfires thus far:
“The night has been very tough”.
“This is probably the most complicated blaze we’ve had on the Canary Islands – if not ever, at least in the past 40 years.”
Temperatures across the Canary Islands, including Tenerife, have reached up to 40’c in the last few days, and is becoming similar to that of the wildfires that happened in Rhodes.
This is a developing story. More to follow in due course.
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