Wildfires fanned by strong winds have forced at least 4,000 people to be evacuated in Gran Canaria in the Canary Islands.

The fires, which started on Saturday, are reported to be advancing on two fronts in a mountainous area of the island.

Ten planes and helicopters, as well as about 700 fire fighters on the ground including 200 from the military, are being deployed.

Efforts to tackle the fires are being hampered by high temperatures, strong winds and low humidity.

The fires started near the town of Tejeda. Around 4,200 acres have been destroyed and 11 roads have been closed, the BBC reported

Canary Islands regional president Angel Victor Torres told a news conference: “The fire is not contained nor stabilised or controlled.”

Requests for assistance had been made to the Spanish central government, he added.

Hundreds of people were evacuated due to separate wildfires on the holiday island last week. They burned 3,706 acres of land and forced the evacuation of 1,000 people.