Ukrainian Emergency Services Have 4 Wildfires to Put Out Near Chernobyl

© REUTERS / State Emergency Service of Ukraine/Handout via ReutersAn aerial view from a helicopter shows smoke from forest fires some 40 km from Chernobyl nuclear power plant in Kiev region, northern Ukraine, June 29, 2015. Picture taken with a mobile phone on June 29, 2015
An aerial view from a helicopter shows smoke from forest fires some 40 km from Chernobyl nuclear power plant in Kiev region, northern Ukraine, June 29, 2015. Picture taken with a mobile phone on June 29, 2015 - Sputnik International
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Ukrainian emergency services still trying to extinguish wildfire in the Chernobyl exclusion zone that started Monday, they have four more peat fire spots to put out, the Ukrainian governmental emergency service said in a statement Saturday.

In this Monday, June 29, 2015 handout photo made available by the Ukrainian Emergency Situations Ministry press service on Tuesday, June 30, 2015, an aerial view of a forest fire is seen in the Chernobyl area, Ukraine - Sputnik International
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KIEV, July 4 (Sputnik) Wildfires in Chernobyl began Monday night when dry grass caught fire. The fire quickly spread onto the territory of 130 hectares. Currently, 113 firefighters and 20 units of equipment are taking part in extinguishing it.

“As of 07:00 a.m. [GMT 04:00] July 4 … we are continuing to extinguish the remaining localized spots of smoldering peat next to the villages of Kovshilovka, Glinka, Staraya Krasnitsa and Lubyanka,” the statement said.

Earlier this week the Ukrainian governmental emergency service said that radiation levels at the fire area stayed normal.

This is a second fire in the region since the beginning of the year. In April, a fire in the Chernobyl had spread over an area of some 320 hectares. It took 300 firefighters and 51 units of equipment, including planes and helicopters, to put it out.

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