Fires keep pilgrims from Cross Mountain
Flames reached within 100 meters of a house when small fires on a hill in the outskirts of Medjugorje on Thursday spread to Cross Mountain on Friday. Pilgrims were advised not to climb the mountain until the fires are out. Citluk firefighters had to call for assistance from two larger cities.
Cross Mountain in Medjugorje became the scene of a major firefighting operation on Friday when authorities cautioned people not to ascend the famous mountain until the fires were extinguished.
Firefighters from nearby Citluk called for extra personel from Capljina and Ljubuski when small fires in the gorilla grass and low vegetation on a hill by the village of Miletina on July 12 spread towards Cross Mountain on the following day.
“Although in the morning it appeared that the fire had been brought under control thanks to the southwest wind, the fire flared up a few hours ago and now burns only a hundred meters above Buntic’s house in Medjugorje” local news portal Brotnjo Info reports.
“Forest fires are quite common here, we have one or two on this hill almost every summer. This is just behind my home as we are situated at the base of Cross Mountain just below the first station so the fire is not even 300 yards from us” local webmaster Mate Vasilj tells on medjugorje.net.
“Yes, we are in need of prayers but aren’t we always, it will be what He allows to be, and all we need is to have trust in Him” writes Mate Vasilj who asks everyone not to spread misplaced and unnecessary panic.
Silvija Ostojic, the commander of Citluk’s firefighters, urged pilgrims not to climb Cross Mountain until the fires were under control. Owners of hotels and restaurants were asked to inform their guests, and local people were asked to spread the instruction.
Temperatures above 40 C / 104 F have been measured in Medjugorje this week as most of Bosnia and Hercegovina is plunged into a heat wave. Spontaneous fires have been numerous throughout the country.
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