The forest fire that has ravaged the countryside around Dubrovnik in Croatia since Saturday has now spread to the outskirts of the city. A state of emergency has been declared in the medieval town known as the “Pearl of the Adriatic.” Local officials say most tourists are not in danger because their accommodation is generally located close to the sea.
But one french tourist said she was very scared: “There was great fear when the fire came close to the hotel. People were evacuated from their rooms and had to wait until the early hours of the morning to return.”
26 fire-fighters have reportedly been injured, one seriously, in the past few days. The Mayor of Dubrovnik says special emergency measures have been put in place for possible evacuation from more areas. Some 300 professional fire-fighters, as well as local residents, have been struggling to save their houses.
One local man said the fire arrived fast because of the wind and there were not enough water tanks.