Tuesday, April 14, 2020

Ukrainian officials: Fires out near the Chernobyl nuclear plant

April 14, 2020 (AP)  Ukrainian emergency officials said Tuesday they have extinguished forest fires in the radiation-contaminated area near the Chernobyl nuclear power plant but acknowledged that grass was still smoldering in some areas. Hundreds of firefighters backed by aircraft have been battling several forest fires around Chernobyl for the past 10 days. They contained the initial blazes, but new fires raged closer to the decommissioned plant. Emergencies Service chief Mykola Chechetkin reported to President Volodymyr Zelenskiy that rains helped firefighters put out the flames, but acknowledged that it would take a few more days to extinguish smoldering grass.
In this photo taken from the roof of the Chernobyl nuclear power plant late Friday, April 10, 2020, a forest fire is seen burning near the plant inside the exclusion zone. Ukrainian firefighters are laboring to put out two forest blazes in the area around the Chernobyl nuclear power station that was evacuated because of radioactive contamination after the 1986 explosion at the plant.
Rescuers who put out a fire in the Chernobyl zone (foto Facebook)