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UPDATE 1 - Forest fire in Croatian coastal county under control

UPDATE 1 - Forest fire in Croatian coastal county under control Tucepi firefighters

ZAGREB (Croatia), June 19 (SeeNews) - Some 75 servicemen and 350 firefighters have put under control a forest fire in Croatia's Split-Dalmatia county which broke out on Sunday and continued to spread in the early hours of Monday, the country's defence ministry said.

No casualties have been reported.

Four Canadair CL-415 planes are also helping extinguish the fire, the defence ministry said in a statement, adding that over a hundred more servicemen are on alert and ready to be deployed if necessary,

Earlier today, the government of Croatia said it has sent 150 servicemen to join firefighters in battling the blaze around the coastal municipality of Tucepi, which had started to spread to another popular tourist destination - Makarska.

According to local media, 800 people - local residents and tourists - were evacuated from the Jadran, Neptun and Tamaris hotels around 2.30 am on Monday. Later in the day they returned to their hotels, news portal Index.hr reported.

Traffic in the area has been disrupted as several roads are closed.

On Sunday, another fire broke in the Makarska area, in the town next to Tucepi - Podgora - but firefighters put it under control.

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