WARNING: Fire spreading in Croatia sees tourists EVACUATED from hotels
A huge fire in Croatia has spread across the region which has caused hundreds of tourists, including many British travellers, to be evacuated.
Reports state the blaze started in Tučepi at 2:30am, and as many as 800 guests were evacuated from three hotels in the area with firefighters entering the scene soon after.
The fire is just one town from pictureqsue Podgora, a popular spot with holidaymakers from around the world.
The warning, issued by the local fire brigade, is reportedly spreading to Makarska and Biokovo while being tackled by emergency services.
Although it’s thought the fire started at the weekend it still continues to burn, surrounding some local towns.
The strong winds in the region are reportedly making it hard to contain.
Fires along the Dalmatian coast are fairly common due to the weather conditions of the area.
There have been no reported casualties so far.
Goran Bušelić, commander of the Tucepi Fire Brigade, told Slobodna Dalmacija: “The fire started last night around Zečeva near Blato in Tučepi. If it was a short circuit which occurred or is the cause of something else we can only speculate at this stage.
“This fire went in the other direction from the one yesterday, from Tučepi towards Makarska.”
Reports claim 300 firefighters are still on the scene as they try to contain the fire – and 150 soldiers have been drafted in to assist as well as three firefighting planes.
The UK.gov.uk website has yet to issue a warning regarding the fires.
However, they do warn travellers of the dangers of fires spreading: “Forest fires are very common during Croatia’s hot and dry summers. Take care when visiting or driving through woodland and forest areas.”
Holidaymakers should check whether their summer holiday destination is still safe.
Due to recent terror attacks and incidents throughout Europe, travel advice has been issued for some of the popular Spanish resorts.