Fire in a plantation in Pozo Izquierdo in Gran Canaria
The fire, on the way to Pozo Izquierdo, affected a plantation area next to the Barranco se Tirajana, and in addition to the plastics from the agricultural facilities, the fire also burned stubble and debris from the plantations, in addition to a rubbish dump with all kinds of waste, residues, and car tyres accumulated on site.
The black smoke cloud was visible from various points in the southeast of the island, and created a large column of black smoke across the GC-1 motorway. Emergency resources, including the Gran Canaria fire department, the Guardia Civil, the Local Police, and Civil Protection, all helped to put out the fire.
The cause of the flames is still unknown, but the strong heat and winds in the area will have contributed to the advance of the fire.
As the local police commissioner of Santa Lucia, José Luis Herrera, explained, it was a "random fire", possibly caused by the high temperatures, the wind and the low humidity registered in recent days. There has been no damage to people, although a high-voltage cable in the area had to be cut due to the fire, which hasn't affected the supply to neighbours, he said.
The fire was extinguished with the intervention of a mechanical digger that removed the plastic to drown out the fire, which although it continues to emit smoke, has been suffocated.
The 1-1-2 Safety and Emergency Coordinating Center has urged drivers on the GC-1 to exercise caution since the black plume of smoke can make visibility difficult.