Slovenian Wildfires Detonate Unexploded WW1 Ordinance

Wildfires in Kras, Slovenia have detonated unexploded WW1 ordinance and have almost killed responding firefighters.

The wildfires in the Kras region in Slovenia started on July 21 and continued to burn throughout the weekend. 

The fire has already razed eight square miles while three villages on or near the Italian-Slovenian border have been forced to evacuate.

Firefighters and foresters have already been deployed to the scene supported by firefighting aircraft. 

Despite the large manpower and equipment, the firefighters still struggled to put out the fire after some buried unexploded WW1 ordinance exploded because of the heat. 

According to local media, there was already one incident where one unexploded WW1 bomb detonated, but fortunately, no one was hurt. 

Bomb disposal teams have already been dispatched while firefighters were told to still exercise caution in the area.

“The problem is that because of the unexploded ordnance firefighting units cannot penetrate into the fire but can only act on its edges,” said Slovenian Defense Minister Marjan Šarec.


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