July 26, 2023 – A large fire near Dubrovnik burned overnight but is coming under control, reports Index.hr.
Since yesterday, firefighters have been fighting a fire in Dubrovačka Župa, which spread greatly last night with the help of a strong southerly wind. The fire was out of control last night and the situation was uncertain.
Although the fire is still active today, the situation is a little better. Firefighters managed to save the houses, we learned this morning. According to the latest information, it rained in Dubrovacka Župa, and the fire was contained.
The fire in Dubrovačka Župa that broke out on Monday evening is still active this morning, but the situation is still better today, the fire chief of Dubrovnik-Neretva County, Stjepan Simović, confirmed.
The latest updates of the fire at time of publication are below. To get the latest (Google Translate is your friend), follow the live updates from Index here.
An hour ago
Firefighters collided with a car near Dubrovnik
A traffic accident occurred on the highway between Vidikovac and Dupac, involving a fire engine and a passenger vehicle. In that section, traffic is difficult due to the fire in Dubrovačka Župa .
An hour ago
Only 60 firefighters on the ground
The open space fire in the area of Dubrovnik Župa Plat is under the control of firefighters, but it has not yet been localized, the Croatian Fire Association (HVZ) reported.
Canadairs and airtractors operate from the air, and part of the firefighting force was released on the ground, and the number was reduced from 130 to 60 firefighters.
Firefighters fought the fire all night long at the Dubrovačka Župa Plat fire site and with superhuman strength managed to prevent it from spreading to family homes.
HVZ reported on Wednesday morning that the situation at the fire site is more favorable.
Extinguishing yesterday was complicated by the hurricane south, which caused the fire to flare up and the air force could not act.
2 hours ago
It rained in Dubrovačka Župa
It has started to rain in Dubrovačka Župa , which will at least make the job a little easier for the firefighters who have been fighting a heavy fire since the night before, reports Dubrovački Dnevnik.
4 hours ago
Firefighters from Korčula are also at the scene of the fire
“We have been in Petrača since last night and when we arrived the situation on the ground was not good. We somehow managed to rehabilitate the fire, catch it so that it does not escape us, it is currently localized, we are extinguishing the edges. The Canadairs have been flying since early this morning, unfortunately the area involved is too large so we still have no news from Konavalo,” Commander Verazza told Dubrovački Dnevnik from the scene of the fire.
4 hours ago
Canadairss have arrived
Two Canadairs are once again helping to put out the fire in Dubrovačka Župa, after they temporarily had to give up fighting from the air due to the hurricane south.
5 hours ago
Tucaković: The most important thing is that all houses are defended and that people are alive and healthy
Chief fire commander Slavko Tucaković commented on the situation with the fire in Župa Dubrovačka for Index. Tucaković states that it is quite favorable and peaceful now.
“The firemen were on the ground all night and protected the houses with a lion’s effort. The houses were defended, the firemen did their best. Now the situation is calmer, there is no open fire. In the eastern part, we have two smoke lines from the power line that goes towards BiH. So, in the eastern part that foreign fire is in Bosnia and Herzegovina. There are 150 of our people on the ground.
During the morning, the resident fire brigade will rest until the evening, and those who came now will stay on the field until the evening. The problem is that there is a lot of strong wind, there are clouds… The question is whether a drop of rain will fall. It would be good if it fell a few millimeters, it would be easier that way.
The most important thing is that all the houses are defended and that people are alive and well,” Tucaković told Index.
5 hours ago
“With superhuman strength, the firefighters prevented the houses from burning down”
Firefighters fought the fire all night long at the Župa Dubrovačka Plat fire site and with superhuman strength managed to prevent it from spreading to family homes. About 130 firefighters are on the ground, and two Canadairs have been dispatched to the fire, the Croatian Fire Association reported.
“The fire is still being actively extinguished in the western part, and there is still smoke in some parts. There are enough firefighters on the ground and it was not necessary to raise additional forces from other counties, and now we will make a shift of firefighters. There was no evacuation of citizens, the firefighters really did their best and protected every object,” said fire chief Slavko Tucaković.
5 hours ago
This is what the Dubrovnik area looks like this morning
The Croatian Fire Association published two pictures from the burned area in Dubrovnik this morning.