Wildfires threaten villages in Bosnia and Croatia

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Posted: Jul 21, 2015 7:11 AM

SARAJEVO, Bosnia-Herzegovina (AP) — Firefighters and villagers are struggling to keep raging wildfires away from homes in southern Bosnia and on the Croatian coast as temperatures reach 42 Celsius (107.6 Fahrenheit).

Since the early morning hours Tuesday, residents of Bosansko Grahovo and Bileca are fighting the flames and have requested the help of the Bosnian Army.

In Croatia, authorities have evacuated a village on the Adriatic peninsula of Peljesac where a fire advancing along a 2-kilometer (mile) front has engulfed pine forests, vineyards and several houses.

Dozens of people from the village of Pijavicino have found shelter in a school, but the area is without electricity. On the island of Korcula — another wine-making area — a fire swept through olive groves and vineyards, but has not yet forced evacuation of villages.