Forest fires rage near Chernobyl site

Forest fires are burning near the Chernobyl nuclear power plant, but officials insist there is no radiation threat. The plant was closed in 1986 following an explosion and subsequent radiation leak.

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April 14, 2020 - 8:44 AM

KYIV, Ukraine (AP) — Forest fires raged today in the contaminated area near the Chernobyl nuclear power plant, but officials insisted there is no radiation threat.

Hundreds of firefighters backed by aircraft have been battling several forest fires around Chernobyl since last week. They managed to contain the initial blazes, but new fires are now raging close to the decommissioned plant.

Volodymyr Demchuk of Ukraine’s state Emergencies Service insisted that the situation is under control.

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