Forest / Wild Fire in Montenegro on July 15 2017 03:15 AM (UTC).
At least 100 tourists have been forced to evacuate from a coastal area in Montenegro that is being threatened by wildfires that are also raging along the Adriatic sea coastline in neighboring Croatia, authorities said today. Fueled by strong winds and dry weather, the fire on the Lustica peninsula in southern Montenegro has spread near to homes and camping zones. The navy stepped in to help evacuate the area by sea, officials said. Emergency services said strong winds are hampering firefighters' efforts to save the houses. "The fire has spread over the road, an entire hill is burning," emergency official Maksim Mandic told the state Montenegrin TV. "It is impossible to put out the fire completely in such winds." Further north in Croatia, firefighters have also been battling a number of fires along the Adriatic coast. Several hundred acres of pine forests and low shrubbery have been burnt, with the winds sending the blaze spreading in several directions. Fires around Srinjene, near the coastal town of Split forced the tourists to leave the area, which was left without electricity or water, Croatian TV said. There, firefighting planes could not fly due to the winds and turbulence, and a local road was closed. Around the town of Zadar, planes were used because some areas remain mined from the war of the 1990s, the state TV report said.
Montenegro has asked for international help to fight wildfires raging along its Adriatic coastline, forcing the evacuation of dozens of tourists and campers, authorities said July 17. "The situation at Lustica is critical. The interior ministry of Montenegro asked for the European Union Civil Protection Mechanism" to be activated to help extinguish the fire, the government said in a statement. Mayors of the threatened coastal towns of Kotor, Tivat, and Herceg Novi urged the government to ask neighboring nations -- Croatia, Bosnia, and Serbia-- to send fire-extinguishing aircraft. At least 100 tourists were forced to evacuate from a coastal area that has been the hardest hit by the blaze. Fueled by strong winds and dry weather, the fire on the Lustica peninsula in southern Montenegro has spread near homes and camping zones. "Our forces are not enough to put out a fire of such proportion," said Stevan Katic, the head of Herceg Novi municipality. The navy also stepped in to help evacuate the area by sea, officials said. Emergency services said strong winds are hampering firefighters' efforts to save houses. "The fire has spread over the road; an entire hill is burning," emergency official Maksim Mandic told Montenegrin TV. "It is impossible to put out the fire completely in such winds."
Authorities say at least 100 tourists have been forced to evacuate from a coastal area in Montenegro that is being threatened by wildfires that are raging across the Balkans. Fueled by strong winds and dry weather, the fire on the Lustica peninsula has spread near to homes and camping zones on Monday. Authorities say the navy stepped in to help evacuate the area by sea. Emergency services say strong winds are "hampering" firefighters' efforts to save the houses. Further north in Croatia, firefighters have also been battling a number of fires along the Adriatic coast. Authorities say several hundred acres of pine forests and low shrubbery have been burnt but that there is no threat to people's homes currently.