The summer of 2021 was the fifth warmest summer in Serbia in the last 70 years, with a higher than average number of days having temperatures over 30 degrees. In certain parts of the country, the summer was not only hot, but also extremely dry.
The consequences of such weather were deeply felt by the people living in the villages scattered around the Zlatibor region, which saw its fourth driest summer since 1950.
Goran Ilić nearly lost everything due to a forest fire, which stopped just 100 metres from his house. Because of the extremely high temperatures and inaccessible terrain, it took five days to put out the fire, which devastated 150 hectares of pine forest. One of these hectares belonged to Goran, destroying the source of the firewood he sells and uses for heating. The fire also destroyed a hectar-sized field close to his house, which he used for grazing his sheep and cows.