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Arson Behind Wildfire on Spain’s Tourist Island

Canary Islands’ President Fernando Clavijo confirmed police findings of intentional ignition for the Tenerife wildfire. Investigations are underway, but arrests remain undisclosed. Favorable weather aided firefighters in controlling the blaze that has raged for five days, according to authorities.

Although the fire isn’t close to major tourist zones, evacuation of a state-run hotel occurred. Over 12,000 evacuated from homes; 11,600 hectares of forest burned.

No injuries reported, thanks to firefighters’ efforts.A view shows a fire over the mountains near empty houses after the evacuation in different villages in the north, as wildfires rage out of control on the island of Tenerife, Canary Islands, on Sunday. — Reuters

The Tenerife wildfire, the worst in decades, threatens 11 town areas around steep mountains, complicating firefighter access. Poor air quality in 19 towns urged indoor stay.

400+ firefighters, 23 aircraft deployed; mainland Spain prepares for a heatwave. Spain leads EU in 2023 wildfire impact, followed by Italy and Greece. Tenerife predicts 30°C average.

Canary Islands, off Africa’s coast, face the Tenerife fire crisis. Spain accounted for 40% of EU’s 2022 burned land.

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