Big fires in Chornobyl Exclusion Zone extinguished

3 April, 02:50 PM
Fires in the exclusion zone (Photo:State Emergency Service)

Fires in the exclusion zone (Photo:State Emergency Service)

While Russia occupied exclusion zone near the Chornobyl nuclear power plant, more than 10,000 hectares of forests was burned. Now there are no fires, head of the State Agency for the Management of the Exclusion Zone,Yevhen Kramarenko has said on Ukrainian television.

“We recorded fires in the western part of the exclusion zone — on the border with the Zhytomyr Oblast and not far from the Chornobyl nuclear power plant,” Ukrainian news agency Interfax-Ukraine reported Kramarenko as saying. 

During this time, according to an analysis of satellite images, we counted more than 10 thousand hectares (of forest on fire). Partly with the help of rescuers, partly due to weather conditions, all these fires have been extinguished.” 

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It was earlier reported that 31 fires were discovered in the exclusion zone near the Chornobyl nuclear power plant. The fires covered a total area of ​​10,111 hectares. 

Satellite images from NASA and the European Space Agency helped detect these large fires. 

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