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Fire in Chornobyl zone extinguished

It took two days to tame the fire.

Fire in Chornobyl zone extinguished
Photo: dsns.gov.ua

A fire broke out in the Lubyanka forest sector, part of the exclusion zone of the Chornobyl nuclear power plant, at around 12.35 Kyiv time on 29 June as a result of railway laying works. It spread to the area of around 20 hectares, eating another 5 hectares by the night.

Thanks to firefighting efforts, including with the use of a Mi-8 helicopter and two An-32P aircraft, the burning area was cut to a third by the next morning. By the night it was localized.

At around 1.25 p.m. on 1 July, the fire was reported extinguished.

The radiation level in the exclusion zone did not change.