21 Apr 2020 10:03

Wildfires still burning in Chernobyl zone

KYIV. April 21 (Interfax) - Rescuers continue battling wildfires in several forestry areas in the Chernobyl exclusion zone, the press service of Ukraine's State Emergency Service said.

"As of 7 p.m. on April 20, units of the State Emergency Service were helping put out the fires in the territory of the Korohodsky, Lubyansky, Paryshivsky, Dytiatkivsky,and Denisovetsky forestry areas in the exclusion and unconditional (mandatory) resettlement zone. These efforts are mainly focusing on containing three fires (in the village of Rassokha, Kryva Hora, and Rudki- Buryakivka), where tree stumps, remains of trees and one peat bog continue smoldering in fire-stricken places," the service said on its website on Tuesday morning.

Heavy engineering hardware provided by the State Emergency Service and Armed Forces of Ukraine is being used in efforts to build firebreaks. A total of 515 kilometers of fire lines have already been created.

As many as 1,343 people and 299 units of hardware are taking part in the firefighting efforts.