Firefighters control the outbreak of fire in Llanos de la Pez pine forest
An outbreak of fire set off alarm bells on Monday afternoon in the Llanos de la Pez recreational area, as reported by the Gran Canaria Cabildo, as over 1,500 square metres of pine forest was affected.
Emergency Services acted quickly and activated troops from the Bravo y Presa Brigade, the Emergency consortium, and two helicopters.
Firefighters battled against the fire which covered 800 square metres of surface area in just 10 minutes and, although so far the fire had been on the surface, it was about to affect large scrub.
In total, it has affected 1,500 square metres, but it has been able to be considered controlled thanks to the rapid action in the area.
Staff from the Presa3 heli-transport unit, Bravo7 unit, environment agents, the Guardia Civil and the local police from Tejeda were present at the site.
The Cabildo sent two helicopters, a new protocol that they are following within the framework of the Covid-19 pandemic, to minimize contact between agents.
They have also warned that some roads remain closed to avoid risk, and are asking the population in the vicinity to stay away from thearea.
"You cannot let your guard down; any precaution is little," they posted on their social media.