Spanish authorities say that a wildfire on the Canary Island of Gran Canaria has burned 1,000 hectares and forced the evacuation of local residents from their homes.

The regional government of the Canary Islands said Sunday that 200 firefighters and 10 water-dumping aircraft were working to combat the blaze that started on Saturday for reasons still unknown.

Spanish state broadcaster RTVE said 1,000 people were evacuated from their homes for precaution, but that no homes have been burned.

Spain's military emergency unit that specialises in fighting fires has also deployed to the area.

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