The Canary Islands this morning in a view taken from Santa Cruz de Tenerife island, Spain

This afternoon.

The blaze — described by the local fire department as “a monster” — was racing across parched woodlands into Tamadaba Natural Park, regarded as one of the jewels on Gran Canaria, a mountainous volcanic island in the Atlantic Ocean archipelago off northwest Africa.

Thousands flee from ‘monster’ wildfire on Canary Islands (AP)

Pic: AP