Vilfand called natural causes forest fire near Chernobyl

Not in winter, frozen earth and lack of snow caused high fire danger in the forests of Eastern Europe, including near the Chernobyl nuclear power plant in Ukraine. This told the scientific Director of the hydrometeorological center Roman Vilfand.

He explained that frozen ground retains moisture that has accumulated in the fall. If the ground does not freeze and there is no snow, when anticyclonic weather in March is dehydration of the upper layers of the soil. “Therefore, predicted early natural fire danger”, – quotes Vilfand RIA Novosti. However, Ukraine is still a major role played by the human factor. To extinguish a burning forest managed, including due to the rain that passed over the territory.

the Forecaster also noted that the rest of the week in the heart of Kiev, Pripyat and Chernobyl doesn’t rain. “And the wind North, North-Western, gusty. The situation there is very difficult, next to peat,” – said Vilfand. The scientist noted that the excess of radiation levels near Chernobyl isn’t fixed. The radiation situation in Russia remains stable.

Recall that the Ukrainian rescuers within ten days failed to extinguish the arisen on the fourth of April, the fire on the territory of the exclusion zone of the Chernobyl NPP. The situation was extremely alarming: the level of radiation increased 16 times, and the flames spread over hundred acres. Completely to liquidate a fire on April 14. According to investigators, it was an arson, the suspect was taken into custody.