Fires threaten the historic city of Dubrovnik

Fires threaten the historic city of Dubrovnik

05 August 2007 00:00 UTC

Fires threaten the historic city of Dubrovnik
Fires threaten the historic city of Dubrovnik

On 5 August 2007, during strong Bora winds, several fires broke out in the Dubrovnik-Neretva County.

Last Updated

03 February 2021

Published on

05 August 2007

By Jochen Kerkmann (EUMETSAT)

The fire crossed Žarkovica, a couple of hundred metres from the first city houses. The most desperate situation was around Mokošica, where the fire reached the houses.

After the July 2007 heat wave, which entirely covered Southern and Eastern Europe (see Europe battered by weather extremes ), the drought and strong winds helped spread fires all over the Croatian coast, destroying a large part of its fragile plant and animal life. According to Wikipedia, in total, there were 750 fires on the coast from 1 June to 8 August, which burned in Istria County, Zadar County, Šibenik-Knin County, the Split-Dalmatia County and the Dubrovnik-Neretva County. The total burned area covered 159,000 hectares.

The AVHRR image below shows, besides numerous smaller fires in Italy, a bigger area of hot pixels around Dubrovnik. For comparison, the Meteosat-9 IR3.9 image from 20:00 UTC (see image under 'See also') does not show the hot spots, probably because the area was partly covered by clouds. This demonstrated that a higher spatial resolution (or better, a smaller field of view) is crucial for hot spot detection in partly cloudy scenes. Finally, the large smoke plume from the fires can be seen in Met-9 RGB composite below. It also nicely shows the cloud distribution of this Bora situation, namely low-level clouds inland (e.g. in Sarajewo), with some mountain waves, and a mainly cloud-free coastal zone.


Metop-A AVHRR Channel 3b Image

Metop-A, AVHRR, 05 August 2007, 19:57 UTC
Channel 3b (IR3.7)
Full Resolution

Related Content

Met-9 IR3.9 image (20:00 UTC)
Europe battered by weather extremes (July 2007)
Fires raging in Galicia (7 August 2006)
Forest fires in Portugal (21 August 2005)
Catastrophic fires in Corsica/Haute-Corse (01 July 2005)



Meteosat-9 RGB Composite

Met-9, 05 August 2007, 16:45 UTC
RGB Composite VIS0.6, HRV, IR10.8
Full Resolution
Animation (11:45–16:45 UTC)

Related Content

Met-9 enhanced HRV image (16:45 UTC)