Rescuers eliminated the fire in the zone of the Chernobyl nuclear power plant. It will take several more days to extinguish smoldering. This was announced on Tuesday, April 14, by the head of the civil service for emergency situations, Mykola Chechetkin, at a daily conference call to President of Ukraine Volodymyr Zelensky. “When asked by the president exactly when the burning will stop in the exclusion zone, Mykola Chechetkin replied that there was no fire,” the message quotes Interfax-Ukraine.
He assured that the rescuers did not allow the transfer of fire to the Shelter, Vector, Khoyat and ammunition depots in the exclusion zone.
“In general, yesterday, fire aviation made 227 sorties, 500 tons of water were used. The radiation background in the exclusion zone remains normal and does not increase, ”RIA Novosti quoted Chechetkin as saying.
Earlier on the same day, the acting head of the State Ecological Inspectorate of Ukraine, Yegor Firsov, on his Facebook page said that the fire in the Chernobyl zone was extinguished.
“In short, the fire was put out, the rain helped a lot. The background radiation level is constantly measured, but the data that we have is generally normal, ”Firsov wrote.
In turn, the mayor of Kyiv, Vitaliy Klitschko, assured that the fire in the Chernobyl exclusion zone did not lead to an increase in the radiation background in the Ukrainian capital.
April 4 became aware of a forest fire in the exclusion zone of the Chernobyl nuclear power plant. The next day, the State Emergency Situations Service of Ukraine assured that firefighters eliminated open fire in the Chernobyl exclusion zone, but three days later there was information about a three-fold increase in the area of the fire, reaching 35 hectares.
Later, law enforcement officials in the Kyiv region identified several alleged perpetrators of the fire in the Chernobyl zone.