: :inin Kyiv (EET)

New Wildfires in Area Around Ukraine’s Chernobyl Plant


Three new wildfires have started in the radiation-contaminated evacuation zone around Ukraine’s wrecked Chernobyl nuclear power plant, the site of the world’s worst nuclear accident 34 years ago, emergency officials said Thursday.A statement from the Emergencies Ministry said the fires were small and posed no threat to facilities holding radioactive waste. The statement did give an area for the fires or say how they started, but said they were being fanned by gusty winds.Firefighters battled large blazes in the area for 10 days this month before reporting Tuesday that they had been extinguished. The fires are in the 2,600-square-kilometer (1,000-square-mile) …read more

Source:: Voice of America

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