More than 250 fires in Bulgaria in past 24 hours as high winds sweep country

Firefighters have been called out to extinguish 252 fires in the past 24 hours, the latest being a large fire near a residential area of the town of Chernomorets on the southern Black Sea coast, Bulgaria’s Interior Ministry said on July 24 2012.

For the second day, a code yellow warning of potentially dangerous weather was issued on July 24 because of high winds in five regions of Bulgaria – Bourgas,Varna, Dobrich, Kurdjali and Sliven.

The fire at Chernomorets near Bourgas was extinguished quickly because of swift response by firefighting crews from Sozopol and Bourgas, assisted by police and military personnel, the Interior Ministry said, but not before a few hundred acres of dry grass and vegetation burnt. No one was injured.

In the past 24 hours, there have been fires near Sofia,Varna, Blagoevgrad and Pleven.

Weather forecasters said that on July 24, temperatures would be between 30 and 35 degrees Celsius, in capital city Sofia about 30 degrees.

(Photo: Photo: Rodolfo Belloli/



The Sofia Globe staff

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