In the Ukraine continue to put out the fire in the Chernobyl zone

KIEV, April 25 – RIA Novosti. Ukrainian rescuers continue the elimination of fires in the exclusion zone of the Chernobyl nuclear power plant in Zhytomyr regions reported Saturday on the website of the state service for emergency situations.

“the Fires in the forests of the Ovruch rayon (Zhytomyr oblast – ed.) are localized. Forces of the state service for emergency assistance to forestry workers fighting separate pockets of smouldering grass flooring, forest floor, stumps and wood in Vystupovichi and Slovechansko forestry. Extinguishing attracted 637 people and 91 pieces of equipment,” – said on its website.

Also, to extinguish dry grass and forest in Olevsk district involved 163 people and 30 units of equipment, including 3 aircraft and 1 helicopter.

in addition, rescuers extinguish fires in the Chernobyl zone. The main focus is on localization of the foci of the two smoldering stumps, wood residues and peat bogs. Extinguishing attracted more than 1 thousand and 250 units of equipment, including 3 aircraft an-32P and 3 helicopters.

“the Radiation background in Kyiv and Kyiv region in normal limits and does not exceed natural background values”, – stated on the website.

a Fire of dry grass and forest litter occurred in the Zhytomyr region on 16 April, a fire destroyed 39 buildings of the country. The Prosecutor’s office brought the case because of the fires, which destroyed homes and forests. The state service for emergency situations of Ukraine reported that the Ukrainian rescuers continue to work on spot fires in the Zhytomyr region, to date, open flames are not observed. On Monday, the head of the MIA of Ukraine Arsen Avakov said that rescuers had located two of the four hotbeds of corruption in the Zhytomyr region. Later the state service of Ukraine for emergency situations reported about the localization of the two last pockets of decay.

the fire on the territory of the exclusion zone of the Chernobyl NPP occurred on April 4 in the area of 20 hectares, the area later increased to 35 hectares. The state service for emergency situations of Ukraine on 14 April reported that the fire managed to be localized and planned to extinguish it completely within a few days. However, the strong wind once again contributed to the spread of fire. Rescuers managed to prevent the fire to the Chernobyl NPP and storage of radioactive waste. The excess of radionuclides in the air above the exclusion zone and adjacent territories were recorded. Rescuers and police are considered as the main version fires snowless winter and dry forest litter. This also was detained two people suspected of involvement in the occurrence of fires in the Chernobyl zone.

the Chernobyl Disaster occurred on 26 April 1986, when exploded nuclear reactor of the fourth unit of the station. The total area of radioactive contamination in Belarus amounted to about 46.5 thousand square kilometers (23% of the total area). The Ukraine was contaminated with 50 thousand square kilometers in 12 areas. In addition, from radioactive contamination suffered 19 Russian regions with the territory of almost 60 thousand square kilometers and a population of 2.6 million people.