Despite four hydroplanes discharging more than 1 million liters of water onto the fire and the efforts of 600 firefighters, the fire continued to grow on Monday, according to a statement by the Canary Islands Emergency and Security Ministry.
The fire started over the weekend and has now devoured 24,710 acres (10,000 hectares) of Gran Canaria, a popular holiday destination where 900,000 people live. This makes it the second largest of the Canary Islands.
The officials now hope that gusts of wind of up to 80 km / h and a Temperature drop could help the firefighters who worked Monday night to pick up the fight flames.
"This is a very heavy fire, a great forest fire, and you must rely on the great work of those who fight against it," Torres said in the statement.
During this crisis, firefighters in Spanish said they were "overwhelmed" by the situation and added that we were fighting for our island !!! "
At the time, Torres said the local authorities had the government in Madrid and the emergency military service in Seville for help.