Friday 20 July 2018

Wildfires raging on Croatia's Adriatic coast

Wildfires are raging on the Adriatic coast in Croatia
Wildfires are raging on the Adriatic coast in Croatia

Several wildfires are raging on the Adriatic coast in Croatia, prompting the evacuation of dozens of villagers.

Strong winds are spreading the blazes, officials said, making it difficult for firefighters to operate.

Firefighting planes have been called to tackle the pine forest blaze near the resorts of Sibenik and Zadar. Fires also raged on the islands of Hvar and Brac.

The main road from the capital, Zagreb, to the port of Split was closed briefly.

Croatian officials have warned that some of the fires, which have hampered the summer tourist season, have been intentionally set by irresponsible tourists and residents.

Seven people, mostly teenagers, have been arrested on suspicion of triggering a huge fire near the central coast that was put under control overnight.

AP

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