Security Message for U.S. Citizens: Forest Fires on Dalmatian coast near Split

The U.S. Embassy advises U.S. citizens residing in and traveling to Croatia of a number of forest fires across coastal regions of Croatia, most notably in the area between Omis and Split. According to the State Administration for Protection and Rescue, efforts to control the fires are still ongoing and may be complicated by high winds.

Local authorities recommend that individuals in affected areas remain indoors, with air conditioning on and windows and doors closed, avoid unnecessary travel by car, decrease water usage, and avoid gas stations. If it is necessary to go outside, authorities recommend covering the mouth and nose with a mask or other cotton material due to dense smoke. Children and individuals with heart or lung conditions should exercise special caution.

The fires have caused several road closures near Split. Please monitor the Hrvatski Auto Klub website (http://www.hak.hr/en) for updated information affecting traffic and be prepared to arrange alternate routes and modes of transport as needed.

The Embassy recommends that U.S. citizens monitor local news, including Radio Dalmacija and www.hina.hr, both of which offer updates in English regarding the situation, and follow the instructions of local authorities.

In case of emergency, please contact the Croatian Directorate for Protection and Rescue at 112 or if calling from abroad, +385-112.