Wildfire threatens Croatian coastal town

STORY: A local fire commander told media that three active fires that started in the area around midday were now under control, but heavy wind is still a threat and the night would be difficult.

Canadair planes were assisting the firefighting operation by using water from the bay near a touristic area to help douse the flames.

Roughly 400 hectares of forests were burnt in the Vodice area.

A few weeks earlier, Croatian authorities deployed dozens of firefighters and soldiers to contain major wildfires along the country's Adriatic coast where around 20 homes were burned. There were no reported casualties.

With human-caused climate change triggering droughts, the number of extreme wildfires was expected to increase 30% within the next 28 years, according to a February 2022 U.N. report.

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