Wildfires hit mountain in BiH

Source: Xinhua| 2017-07-20 02:42:25|Editor: yan
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SARAJEVO, July 19 (Xinhua)-- The authorities of Bosnia and Herzegovina (BiH) were on alert on Wednesday due to fires which continue for five days to spread in Cvrsnica Mountain, 100 km southwest of BiH's capital Sarajevo, local media reported Wednesday.

At the urgent meeting of the Jablanica Fire Department, it was said that they requested a helicopter from the Armed Forces of BiH on Wednesday morning.

"Situation is extremely difficult, the situation has deteriorated, eight teams of firefighters went out on the field," said Alen Alikadic, head of the Jablanica Fire Department, to local media.

A state of emergency has not yet been declared and there are no casualties reported in the wildfires so far. Fire brigades who are working at full capacity have not been able to get the fire under control.

Fahrudin Solak, director of the Federal Civil Protection Administration, said that the fire in Cvrsnica Mountain is currently out of control, but there are active plans for the upcoming days to improve the situation at this site.

"It is planned to cut the forest to separate the fire from a part of the mountain that has not been hit yet. Together with firefighters, we have some 150 people available," Solak told local media.

"There is a dense smoke that covers the fire, the fire extends to the top of the mountain, the forest is burning but the settlements are not endangered ", said Omer Neziric from Jablanica Civil Protection.