Forest Fire in Croatia Still Out of Control

Katarina Anđelković

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UPDATE JULY 14, 10:00 here.

July 13, 2023 – Summer has arrived, and with it, sadly, also the fires. Unfortunately, a large fire in Croatia broke out this morning in the area of Primošten.

As 24Sata writes, the Šibenik-Knin county center 112 received a report of a fire in an open space in the area of Grebaštica at 11:11 a.m. According to information from the emergency center 112, the fire broke out in the village of Gornji Banovci.

Volimir Milošević, the commander of the Šibenik Public Fire Brigade, stated that all available fire brigades were at the scene of the fire in Grebaštica, and the help of the air force was also requested. As he pointed out, the houses in Gornji Banovci are also being defended.

According to Milošević, the fire is nowhere near under control or localized.

“We have facilities in immediate danger, and firefighters are deployed there. The power is off. The police on the ground are regulating traffic on one part of the Jadranska Magistrala (Adriatic Highway), and all access roads are closed”, Milošević told Hina.

Exactly one year ago today, the Šibenik area, more specifically, the hinterland of Vodice, Zaton, and Raslina, was also engulfed in a massive fire.

There are currently 65 firefighters on the ground, with 23 fire trucks and three Canadair firefighting aircraft.

Updates to come. In the meantime, head over to Index for live updates in Croatian.

Prevention of Forest Fire in Croatia – Croatian Forests Campaign

Let us remind that forest fires are sadly part of the summer scene in Croatia. Nothing was quite as bad as the 2017 wildfires which reached the gates of Split, causing widespread damage and destruction. And while the forest fires are sadly a reality of life here, the vast majority of them are entirely preventable. The indifferent weather so far this year has meant that there have been few incidents so far, but in anticipation of another scorching summer, Hrvatske Sume (Croatian Forests) has launched an information campaign called “Recklessness is the First Spark – Prevent Forest Fire Before It Starts.


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