KIEV (Sputnik) — A 32-hectare wildfire began on August 8 in a forested area within the Chernobyl nuclear power plant exclusion zone, according to Ukraine’s Emergency Service. As of Sunday, some 60 hectares in the zone had been affected by the blaze.
"I instruct the Interior Ministry and the National Guard to send additional forces to ensure security and public order, as well as greater control over the movement of people," Yatsenyuk said at a meeting of the State Commission on Technogenic and Environmental Safety and Emergency Situations.
The Chernobyl nuclear power plant was destroyed in a meltdown on April 26, 1986. An area of over 80,000 square miles was contaminated by the radioactive fallout.
Over the course of 2015, wildfires around the exclusion zone have erupted regularly, leading to an increase in background radiation in the surrounding areas.