Ukraine Says Fire Extinguished Near Contaminated Site Of Chernobyl Nuclear Disaster. Emergency authorities in Ukraine say there are no signs of any fire still burning in the uninhabited exclusion zone around the decommissioned Chernobyl nuclear plant after firefighters mobilized to put out a blaze. The country’s State Emergency Service said early on April 5 that background radiation levels were “within normal limits.” More than 130 firefighters, three aircraft, and 21 vehicles were deployed on April 4 to battle the fire, which was said to have burned around 20 hectares (50 acres) in the long-vacated area near where an explosion at a Soviet nuclear plant in 1986 sent a plume of radioactive fallout high into the air and across swaths of Europe. Fire and safety crews were said to be inspecting the area overnight on April 4-5 to eliminate any threat from sites where there was still smoldering.
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‘Bad news’: radiation spikes 16 times above normal after forest fire near Chernobyl. The blaze started on Saturday close to the site of the world’s worst ever nuclear disaster, Ukrainian officials say. Ukraine has reported a spike in radiation levels in the restricted zone around Chernobyl, scene of the world’s worst nuclear accident, caused by a forest fire. “There is bad news – radiation is above normal in the fire’s centre,” Yegor Firsov, head of Ukraine’s state ecological inspection service, said on Facebook on Sunday. The post included a video with a Geiger counter showing radiation at 16 times above normal. The fire has spread to about 100 hectares (250 acres) of forest, Firsov wrote. Kiev has mobilised two planes, a helicopter and around 100 firefighters to fight the blaze, which broke out on Saturday and spread over 20 hectares in a forested area near the Chernobyl power plant. On Sunday morning, the fire was not visibly burning and no increase in radiation in the air had been detected, the emergencies service said in a statement. However, the service said on Saturday that increased radiation in some areas had led to “difficulties” in fighting the fire, while stressing that people living nearby were not in danger.
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“There is bad news: the radioactivity is higher than normal at the heart of the fire,” said Egor Firsov, head of the ecological inspection service, on Facebook. Mr. Firsov accompanied his message with a video showing a Geiger counter displaying a level of radioactivity 16 times higher than normal. The flames have invaded more than 100 hectares of forest land located around the damaged plant, a hundred kilometers north of the capital of Ukraine , Kiev.
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