August 18, 2012 Croatian firefighters struggled with several large pockets of fire along the Adriatic coast. According to official data, the widest flames swept 600 hectares near the medieval town of Trogir, popular with tourists. The fire started in the dump on the evening of August 17, extending further the pine forest and steppe, drained for a period of heat. Water bombers helped firefighters put out the flames at night. But earlier in the day on August 18 in the prevention and suppression of fire 100 firefighters were deployed on 30 machines.
In addition, near the city of Split, located in the central coast of Croatia, there were 3 more fire. It is believed that the fire swept area of over 500 hectares, but it was quickly stopped. In addition, the fire burned 200 acres near the town of Sibenik, on 25 acres near Dubrovnik, and spread across the southern border with Bosnia. Dozens of fires raging in Croatia since July, affecting the territory of several thousand hectares.
Greek firefighters also fought the flames to spread quickly due to strong winds on the island of Chios, where due to heavy smoke was evacuated two villages. 10 water bombers, five helicopters, 50 firefighters and 80 army units were needed to curb the fire. About 40 volunteers took part in extinguishing the flames.
Every summer, Greece suffers from fires, carried by strong winds, caused by accidental arsonists. Initially, August 5-day fire in northern Greece threatened to Mount Athos, in a region which is home to the oldest monastic community, which is a World Heritage Council. Large-scale fires in southern Greece in 2007 burned an area of 77,000 hectares, taking the life of 77 people.