A helicopter drops water over a forest fire raging in the Moya mountains on the island of Gran Canaria on August 19, 2019.
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An out-of-control wildfire in Spain's Canary Islands was throwing flames 50 meters into the air Monday, forcing emergency workers to evacuate more than 8,000 people, authorities said.V?ctor Torres said 1,100 firefighters were being deployed Monday along with 14 water-dropping aircraft to battle the blaze that started Saturday afternoon.Gran Canaria emergency chief Frederico Grillo said recent blazes now are much worse -- "nothing like those we used to have" -- when families worked in the countryside and forests were kept more orderly, private news agency Europa Press reported.He said if the island's entire annual budget was used for forest fire prevention, it would still only be possible to clear brush from 30% of its woodlands and there would still be large amounts of inaccessible areas due to the island's steep mountains and deep ravines.
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