56,000 hectares of land ravaged in Croatia fires

ZAGREB - Some 56,000 hectares (138,379 acres) of land were ravaged in fires in Croatia since January, 55 percent more than during the same period last year, the national rescue services (DUZS) said Monday.

By (AFP)

Published: Mon 20 Aug 2012, 9:27 PM

Last updated: Fri 3 Apr 2015, 9:52 AM

The number of blazes has risen to more than 7,800, an increase of 25 percent compared with January-August 2011, the Hina news agency reported, citing the DUZS statement.

Most of the fires were registered along the coast where almost 24,000 hectares were burnt, while more than 32,000 hectares of land were ravaged in continental Croatia, it added.

Croatia has been hit by dozens of fires that have burned several thousand hectares along the scenic coastline since July.

On Monday, about 140 firefighters battled a blaze in the coastal area around Sibenik, where some 500 hectares were in flames.

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