Photos from the Adriatic Coast this week look like hell on Earth, not the picturesque seaside destination that is so well known to travelers. Wildfires are raging in Montenegro and Croatia at the height of the tourism season, and firefighters are struggling to keep some of them from reaching population centers.
Damira Kalajzic took these photos and video Monday night as the fire threatened to spread into Split, Croatia’s second-largest city.
“I’m speechless,” she wrote in Croatian on Facebook. She said it was hard to record the video and imagery and that her heart goes out to the people affected in the Zrnovnica neighborhood.
On Tuesday, she updated that, at least in Split, the “situation is now under control and that there are no casualties. Few houses have burned, cars as well, but firemen are doing their best to stop the fire.”
In Croatia, firefighters found relief in the form of favorable weather before the fire reached Split, but Montenegro is still struggling to bring its fires under control, according to Reuters:
“The situation has normalized as the wind has subsided and we have also got the help of firefighting planes. The situation is much better than last night. Now we’re working on restoring water and electricity supply in the affected areas,” Andro Krtulovic Opara said.
In Montenegro, the interior minister said firefighters were battling to gain control over several fires threatening coastal towns.
The minister said authorities had asked European Union’s civil protection force for assistance.