Tourists evacuated in Croatia amid massive wildfires

Strong winds accelerating blazes, acres of forests burning

19 June, 15:04

    (ANSAmed) - ZAGREB, JUNE 19 - Three massive forest fires have been blazing since last Saturday on Croatia's Dalmatian Coast along the Makarska Riviera south of Split, prompting tourist evacuations and causing traffic problems.

    The fires have been stoked by strong winds and have devoured acres of forest and coastal foliage around the tourist cities of Podgora, Tucepi, and Makarska.

    On Sunday night, the flames crept closer to inhabited areas and about 800 tourists were transferred from three hotels in Tucepi to other lodging complexes not at risk from the fires.

    Traffic in the affected areas was almost completely blocked.

    About 250 firefighters are battling the blazes, using four Canadair firefighting aircraft, but the fierce winds are hampering their efforts.

    On Monday, 150 Croatian Army soldiers are expected to arrive to assist the firefighters.(ANSAmed).

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