Radiation Level Safe in Chernobyl Exclusion Zone Hit by Wildfire

The fire had been localised and the situation was under control, said the acting head of Ukraine's emergencies service

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KIEV, April 29, (TASS) - The radiation level is safe in the Chernobyl Nuclear Power Plant Exclusion Zone where a forest fire broke out on Tuesday, the acting head of Ukraine's emergencies service said on Wednesday.

"The background radiation level is normal, there is no threat," Zoryan Shkiryak said.

<figcaption>About 400 hectares of forest was alight in the exclusion zone around the plant</figcaption>
About 400 hectares of forest was alight in the exclusion zone around the plant

He said the fire had been localised and the situation was under control.

Shkiryak said that aircraft were dumping water on the flames.

The Exclusion Zone covers an area of approximately 2,600 square kilometers around the site of the 1986 Chernobyl nuclear disaster.

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