Ukraine Battles Forest Fires Near Chernobyl Nuclear Plant

Ukraine on Sunday, an increased level of radioactivity were reported after the outbreak of a fire in the forest, in the so-called “exclusion zone” around the Chernobyl nuclear power plant, where in 1986, the severest nuclear accident in history took place.

“There’s some bad news: the level of radioactivity is higher than normal in the center of the fire,” said Egor Firsov, former head of the environmental inspection, it is on Facebook. Firsov added that to the message of a video with a Geiger counter, it is seen that a radioactiveit that is 16 times higher than normal.

The flames will have on Sunday are spread over more than 100 acres of forest. And a hundred fire-fighters are trying, with the aid of two airplanes and a helicopter to extinguish the fire, but their efforts are in accordance with the emergency services are made more difficult by the increased radiation around the area.

According to the authorities, and the neighbouring villages are not in danger. The so-called exclusion zone, which stretches out over a radius of some thirty kilometres around the site of the disaster. The area is largely evacuated, but that doesn’t mean that the people are illegal, cease and desist.
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