Fires rage on Adriatic coast

July 18, 2017
The fires near Split, Croatia's second city and a popular tourist destination, have been brought under control

Firefighters in Montenegro and Croatia battled Tuesday to douse wildfires on the Adriatic coast and managed to control the blaze on the outskirts of Split, Croatia's second largest city.

About a dozen wildfires had raged since late Sunday in the villages surrounding Split, a popular tourist destination.

Lete Monday the fire spread to the suburbs of Split where a had to be evacuated and several cars were burned.

The city waste dump caught , while the town was covered with thick black smoke, but the blaze was put under control overnight.

"It seems that the worst is behind us ... Split has been saved," mayor Andro Krstulovic Opara told HRT state-run television.

Local media reports however said some parts of Split were without electricity or water on Tuesday.

According to initial estimates some 4,500 hectares (11,120 acres) of land, mostly pine forests, bushes and , were burned. Houses were burned but there were no casualties.

Prime Minister Andrej Plenkovic arrived Tuesday in Split, some 400 kilometres (248 miles) south of Zagreb, for a meeting to take stock of the situation.

In neighbouring Montenegro, where the forced the evacuation of more than a hundred campers on the Lustica peninsula, the situation was slightly better Tuesday.

The intensity of the blaze was lower as strong winds calmed, officials said.

"We are doing everything we can to put the blaze under control," Zoran Barbic, the head of the local rescue services said.

Fires however were still active in several municipalities further inland but were all under control, an interior ministry statement said.

The cause of the fires in both Croatia and Montenegro is still not known.

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not rated yet Jul 21, 2017
This is all predicted and expected by Scientists. I have read about what is in store for the Adriatic rim before. It has been listened to and considered acceptable by political representatives. Your land will have to be sacrificed. Burning oil is what gives you the life-style you have! You like burning energy don't you? You buy gasoline to drive around every week don't you? Everyone has agreed to go to +2C so we can stay rich. Be Men and accept it. Get used to it. Adapt and learn how to put out the fires.

I don't like the socialist style of thinking. I don't want my house to burn down. But it is a small sacrifice in the larger scale of things, they say. Where I live we have our own fires. The Adriatic rim fires are not mentioned in our News broadcasts.

I have made reductions in my CO2 dumping. My wife does not get this issue. She says there is nothing she can do.

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