The forest fire that destroys the exclusion zone around Chernobyl continues to expand, its surface multiplied by three because of gusts of wind but without any increase of radioactivity, said Tuesday the Ukrainian authorities.
The fire broke out on Saturday in the exclusion zone surrounding it within a radius of 30 kilometers of the nuclear accident of Chernobyl, theatre in 1986 of the worst nuclear accident in History.
On Tuesday, the territory affected by the flames, fell from 10.5 hectares in the morning to 35 hectares in the early after-noon, said the department of State for emergency situations.
Aircraft dropped 72 tons of water on the fire and two helicopters and about 120 firefighters and rescue workers are deployed on-site. According to the same source, the ” levels of radiation in Kiev and its region does not exceed the natural level “.
On Sunday, the interim head of ecological inspection of government, Iegor Firsov, had indicated on Facebook that the levels of radiation in the epicenter of the fire greatly exceeded the standards.
Several State agencies Ukrainian have then denied this information, and Mr. Firsov himself had ended up back on his comments Monday.
The fire was caused by a young resident of a village near the Chernobyl zone, who risk up to five years in prison for ” destruction of vegetation “. The young man of 27 years was said to have set fire to the grass, ” just for fun “, according to police.
One of the reactors of the Chernobyl power plant has exploded on 26 April 1986 contaminant, according to some estimates, up to three-quarters of Europe. The area within a radius of 30 kilometers around the nuclear accident remains since largely abandoned.