Seget Gornji Fire Still Active, Section of Adriatic Highway Closed Overnight

Daniela Rogulj

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Anđela Jokić
Anđela Jokić reports that the firefighters worked all night to put out the fire that broke out in Seget Gornji in the Trogir hinterland on Monday night. By midnight, about 550 hectares of mostly low vegetation and some pine forest had been burned, the County Fire Operational Center in Split reported.

Firefighters are on duty in parts of the fire that is under control, while most of the fire-affected area has not yet been brought under control.

At the request of firefighters, from around 00.30 am, the Adriatic Highway from BP Perić to the turn for the roundabout towards the Ciovo Bridge, i.e., the Trogir bypass, was closed to all traffic, and traffic was redirected through Trogir. At around 5:15 a.m., traffic was alternately established on the Highway (DC 8) near Trogir, which had previously been completely disrupted, police said. In other words, traffic now takes place in one lane, and vehicles from two directions are alternately released by the police, who regulate traffic.

According to information from the field, after 23:30, there was a partial spread of fire near Seget Gornji. Every gust of wind ignited the fire, and it was much more visible at midnight. 

“The burned area is currently estimated at 400 to 500 hectares. The fire is still active; new forces have replaced one part of the forces on the ground,” Chief Fire Chief Slavko Tucakovic told Dalmacija Danas

“In the morning, the departures of two Canadairs are already engaged at 5:45; they are there around 6:15. We want to repair as large an area as possible early in the morning, so we hope to enter the day without the open fire,” Tucakovic added.

He added that in addition to all the forces that put out the fire on Monday, 170 firefighters with about 50 vehicles, 26 soldiers were also engaged. As he explained, these are purposefully organized forces of the Croatian Army, adding that extinguishing the fire near Trogir showed the effectiveness of the air force – three Canadairs and three air-tractors, and especially firefighters who fought the fire on the ground.

“This is perhaps the most demanding fire of the season. What is good is that there are no injured firefighters. I hope the fire will be extinguished tomorrow,” Tucakovic said last night.

He sent a message to the citizens.

“When we talk about warnings, we emphasize that lighting fires are prohibited. It is imperative that if citizens notice a fire, that they report it as soon as possible so that the fire can be brought under control in time,” Tucakovic concluded.

After midnight, the mayor of Trogir, Ante Bilic, commented on the latest situation with the fire near Trogir.

“I have now visited our DVD. As you can unfortunately see, there has been a partial flare-up again.

It is most serious in the area towards the bypass, and it is possible to close it, and the wind makes the work of firefighters even more difficult.

Early in the morning, Canadairs and helicopters will be raised again. With the hope that this will be the end of this element, I wish as quiet a night as possible to the firefighters who did a great job today and prevented the fire from spreading significantly. I stay in touch with our DVD and hope for better news,” Bilic said.

A total of eight firefighting aircraft were engaged in the fire near Seget Gornji on Monday, August 2, namely four air-tractors, three Canadians, and one helicopter from the Firefighting Special Forces of the Croatian Armed Forces, the Ministry of Defense announced.

During the afternoon on Monday, August 2, 26 fire-fighting forces from the Knez Trpimir barracks in Divulje were sent to the fire, the Ministry of Defense reported. Due to the fire, the landing of planes at Split Airport was suspended for about an hour on Monday afternoon, and the planes were diverted to the airports in Zadar and Zagreb.

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