Planes and firefighters battle wildfires along Croatia’s Adriatic coast

RASLINA, Croatia, July 14 (Reuters) – Croatian authorities deployed firefighting aircraft and dozens of firefighters and soldiers on Thursday in a bid to contain three major wildfires along the country’s Adriatic coast.

The wildfires, fanned by high winds, erupted earlier this week as flames caught dry brush and low vegetation in Zadar and Sibenik areas. About 20 houses were burned, according to the authorities. No casualties were reported.

Arndt Dreste, 55, moved in January to the village of Raslina, near Sibenik, after selling all his properties in Germany. His house was badly damaged by fire.

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“I bought this house in January…I (am) cut off from Germany and this is my life here…it was here,” Dreste told Reuters, pointing to the charred walls of his home.

The World Meteorological Organization warned on Tuesday that the heat wave was spreading and intensifying across large parts of Europe.

With human-caused climate change triggering droughts, the number of extreme wildfires is expected to increase by 30% over the next 28 years, according to a February 2022 UN report.

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Reporting by Antonio Bronic in Raslina, writing by Aleksandar Vasovic; Editing by Alex Richardson

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