by Staff Writers
Tenerife, Spain (AFP) July 16, 2012
A forest fire raging on the Spanish island of Tenerife reached the edge of a major tourist park Monday, spewing thick smoke and red sparks.
The fire broke out on Sunday, prompting emergency services to evacuate 90 villagers from their homes overnight, and has spread over 1,800 hectares (2,700 acres), the regional government said Monday.
The wind-fanned fire reached the edge of the Teide National Park -- a mountainous beauty spot on the Teide volcano, Spain's highest peak and a UNESCO world heritage site.
Coaches and cars were moved from the grounds of the park as a precaution.
It was not immediately clear whether the fire threatened to spread into the natural park.
The regional government of the Canary Islands, an Atlantic archipelago including Tenerife, said 70 firefighters and seven helicopters were busy battling the blaze.
Another fire which started on Monday on the island of Palma, in the same archipelago, led to the evacuation of around 100 people.
Spain is at higher risk of forest fires this summer after suffering its driest winter in 70 years. One fire in eastern Spain this month ravaged 50,000 hectares.
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