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.
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.
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