Saturday, 23 July 2022

Croatia Continues Providing Aerial Firefighting Aid to Slovenia

ZAGREB, 23 July 2022 - Croatia on Saturday again sent a water-dropping plane and helicopter to Slovenia to help local fire-fighting forces in efforts to contain the ravaging wildfire that has been going on for days along the Slovenia-Italy border.

Croatia has been sending the CL-415 canadair and Mi-8 MTV helicopter to Nova Gorica each day over the last four days, the Croatian Defence Ministry said on Saturday.

The request for assistance was forwarded to Croatia via the EU Civil Protection Mechanism.

In the night between Friday and Saturday, over 800 local firefighters were engaged on the ground.

Ten villages were evacuated due to thick smoke.

The disaster has taken one life so far. On Thursday evening, a 56-year-old Italian woman, who was a volunteer civil protection operative, was killed when a burned tree trunk fell on her while she was patrolling the area along the Italian-Slovenian border hit by that wildfire that erupted in the Kras region.

According to reports by Italian media outlets, the victim Elena Lo Duca was in teams that conducted on-site inspections of the scope of the damage at the affected area when the tree fell on her and killed her.

The wildfire has affected over 2,000 hectares of land.

Slovenian Civil Protection head Srečko Šestan said two days ago that this was the largest fire in the history of independent Slovenia.

Apart from Croatia also Italy, Austria and Slovakia have sent water-dropping planes to help local firefighting forces.

According to the estimates from Slovenia, the blaze could be put out next week when some rain is expected.

Tuesday, 24 July 2018

Croatia Ready to Help Greece Fight Wildfires

ZAGREB, July 24, 2018 - Croatia's Defence Ministry is ready to send two firefighting planes to Greece to help in efforts to put out wildfires, the ministry said in a statement on Tuesday.

Sunday, 27 August 2017

Wildfire Above Karasovići Still Active, Canadair Arrives to Aid Firefighters

The wildfire along the Croatian-Montenegrin border close to the border crossing at Debeli Brijeg is still burning.

Wednesday, 2 August 2017

Two Canadairs Extinguish Fire Near Metković

Another close call as a fire close to Metković is extinguished.

Thursday, 27 July 2017

Airtractor Pilot Speaks First Hand of Fighting Wildfires

Huge wildfires which ravaged the coastline lately were put out, in addition to the brave firefighters on the ground, firefighting aircraft played a huge role. spoke with Denis Smajo, pilot of the firefighting aircraft Airtractor AT-802 A Fire Boss.

Thursday, 8 December 2016

Croatian President Meets with Aerial Fire Fighting Crews Which Returned from Israel

“Croatia and all our citizens are proud of you”, said the President.

Wednesday, 7 December 2016

Croatian Aerial Fire Fighting Crews Return from Israel

The crews had a crucial role in fighting wildfires in Israel.

Tuesday, 26 January 2016

A large fire at the Mosor Mountain

(photo: Duje Jerković / Crometeo / Dalmacija News)

A fire swept through a larger area at Mosor between the Mosor′s hut and the mountaineering lodge as informs Dalmacija News. A canadair had to be involved due to the inaccessible terrain.

Members of the DVD Žarnovica were on site, but because of it being so far away and inaccessible, it took them a while to reach the fire. The area affected by the fire is estimated at 15 hectares. The fire was set at minimum 10 places from the hiking path from Zagrađa towards the lodge.

With the fall of night, the canadair had to stop helping on the site and another 12 fire-fighters were left (all from DVD Žarnovica). Although the fire at Mosor was visible from Split area in the evening hours, according to the fire-fighters on site, the situation is under control.

Only at the top of the peak Ljubljan still some open fire, but there is no possibility for it to spread any further. All other areas have been extinguished. Another 5 fire-fighters remained on duty at Mosor for the Monday night.