Raging Gran Canaria forest fires force hundreds to flee their homes on the holiday island

HUNDREDS of people have fled their homes after a raging forest fire took hold of Gran Canaria.

Terrifying 25ft flames towered close to luxury homes on the holiday island last night, which has forced evacuations and roads closures.

 Homes have been evacuated and roads closed as fire raged across the island last night
 A forest fire in las Palmas de Gran Canaria, the Canary islands, Spain
 Twenty-five foot flames were seen towering close to luxury homes

The situation has been declared a level two emergency, as the "very aggressive" fire continue to spread because of strong winds fanning the flames.

Around 1,000 hectares on the island's summit has been affected.

The Canary Government is organising for around 100 displaced families to be transferred to two social centres after being ordered to leave their homes.

Last night a helicopter was seen flying above the forest fire as emergency services desperately tried to put out the blaze.

Plumes of black smoke engulfed the beautiful holiday island, which welcomed more than four million tourists last year.

The Tejeda Parador hotel was evacuated as flames surrounded the tall building, popular with British tourists.

 The flames have been getting dangerously close to hotels and homes
 Black smoke fills the sky above Gran Canaria


 Helicopter flying above the raging forest flames last night
 The holiday island is extremely popular with British tourists

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