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Russia Helps Douse Bosnian Forest Fires

While many fires in Bosnia were partly put out by rain on Monday, the Herzegovina region is still struggling with blazes.

Elvira M. Jukic
BIRN
Sarajevo

Instead of the rain that locals in Herzegovina were hoping for, fresh winds started blowing on Monday, helping forest fires spread and endangering isolated homes.

The toughest fires were blazing around the towns of Mostar, Jablanica, Konjic and Trebinje. The Bosnian Army sent two helicopters to help put out fires from the air around Konjic and Trebinje while soldiers were engaged helping locals fight the blaze from the ground.

Russia has sent a helicopter to help locals tackle blazes near Mostar, as Bosnian Army helicopters were being repaired while the fires engulfed nearby forests.

On Prenj mountain, two mountain cottages were torched by fire while the village of Glogosnica, near Jablanica in Herzegovina, was also in danger as flames approached within a few hundreds metres of local houses.

The fires around the towns of Bileca, Trebinje, Gacko and Ljubinje in Herzegovina also came close to some houses but were partly under control.

Elsewhere in Bosnia, Monday's rain extinguished many fires, though a few smaller ones were still burning in the eastern part of the country.

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