Firefighters Put Out the Wildfire in the Exclusion Zone

The fire in the Chornobyl Exclusion Zone was extinguished. But State Emergncy Service (SES) units continue to extinguish the wood, which is still smoldering. It will take a few more days.

According to the SES, on the morning of April 15, no open fire was observed in the area affected by the fire. Firefighters together with employees of the State Agency of Ukraine for Exclusion Zone Management in Korogod, Dytyatky, Paryshi and Denysivka forestries extinguish stumps and smoldering wood.

“Currently, there is no open fire, only places of smouldering are extinguished, which are extinguished by helicopters, and where a fire truck can approach – by people,” said during a briefing, Deputy Minister of the Interior Anton Gerashchenko.

Rescuers were helped by the raining during the night of April 13-14. It prevented the fire from spreading to the towns of Pripyat and Choernobyl. In particular, according to the head of the Chornobyl NPP shift, in the afternoon of April 13, a forest fire approached the temporary storage site of technological soils and large structures that had accumulated during the construction of the New Safe Confinement.

Photo: Oleksandr Syrota

These outbreaks were promptly eliminated. Thanks to the efforts of rescuers, the fire did not spread to ammunition depots, Vector complex facilities, the Chornobyl distribution power plant and the radioactive waste storage facility.

“This fire did not pose any danger to the nuclear facilities of the exclusion zone. No one was killed. Infrastructure objects were not damaged,” Anton Gerashchenko stressed.

Photo: Oleksandr Syrota

According to SAEZM, there were no fires on the left bank of the Prypyat River.

During April 13, firefighting aircraft dropped 500 tons of water during 227 flights. On April 14, SES engineering vehicles created 158 km of mineralized strips, and two fire helicopters dropped 6 tons of water on active fires.

Photo: Oleksandr Syrota

Photo: Oleksandr Syrota

In total, on April 14, 521 people and 124 vehicles (including 410 people and 86 vehicles from the SES) fought the fire in the Exclusion Zone.

The head of the State Emergency Service Mykola Chechotkin noted that there is no threat of exposure to firefighters:

“All rescuers had dosimeters. Helicopter discharges were carried out in places that threatened the lives and health of firefighters. No one was injured, the workers were fully provided with everything they needed.”

According to him, the radiation background in the Exclusion Zone does not exceed the natural (0.05 mR / h) and is: 0.014 mR / h in Kyiv, 0.012 mR / h in the Oblast.

According to: SES, TSN, “Livy Bereg”, SNRCU.