“A forest fire erupted Tuesday in Croatia’s southern Peljesac peninsula, prompting the evacuation of dozens of villagers and tourists and destroying four houses, officials said.

The blaze broke out near the town of Orebic. It threatened the hamlet of Mokalo whose 40 inhabitants were evacuated, the national rescue and protection directorate (DZUS) said.

Tourists from two nearby camps were also evacuated, it added.

Meanwhile, strong winds hampered firefighting efforts and prevented the use of two water-bombing planes, they said.” (France 24)