Konavle Fire Still Active, Fire in Župa Dubrovačka Extinguished

Lauren Simmonds

More fires, but this time they appear to be under control.

Fires broke out over the past couple of days in the wider Dubrovnik area, raising panic among locals given the horrific consequences of wildfire seen in recent weeks in Podgora, Podstrana and several other locations close to Split.

Although fires in summer are relatively commonplace in Croatia, particularly along the dry and rocky coast, the sheer scale of the devastation left by the most recent ones in Dalmatia has not been seen in years.

Two nights ago, a fire broke out in Soline, a small settlement along the coastline in Župa Dubrovačka close to Konavle, a photo of it was taken by a reader of a local paper, Dubrovački Dnevnik, and can be seen by clicking here. Thankfully, firefighters responded to the incident quickly with 15 firefighters and 5 vehicles arriving at the scene. The fire was extinguished at 04:25am and caused no harm despite having burned a surface of around 2000 m2.

Konavle has not been quite so lucky after fires broke out in neighbouring Montenegro and slowly made their way across the Croatian border and into Croatia’s southernmost region, which poses great concern given its dense vegetation which would offer a fire great ease in spreading quickly.

More frighteningly, the flames arrived a mere 400m from a small village just last night and is difficult to tackle due to its location, which is allegedly barely accessible terrain.

Currently, no human casualties or material damage has been reported.

Twelve firefighters and four vehicles are reportedly at the scene, monitoring the situation and keeping control over the flames as attempts are made to extinguish the blaze completely.


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