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Wildfire in Chernobyl zone under control; strong rains in Kyiv region to help firefighters - Ukraine's Emergency Service

Wildfire in Chernobyl zone under control; strong rains in Kyiv region to help firefighters - Ukraine's Emergency ServiceOn the territory of the Chernobyl Exclusion Zone, a fire broke out of forest litter and shrubs on an area of 15 hectares on July 16, according to the press service of the Ukrainian State Emergency Service.

"The works in the fire perimeter involved 33 units of equipment and 155 people, including from SES - 28 units of equipment and 142 personnel (including helicopter "Mi-8" with a drain device and 3 aircraft "AN-32P"), "- noted in the statement.

The authority reported that the fire is no threat to objects of the Chornobyl nuclear power plant.

As of 8 a.m. July 18, up to 15 hectares of forest cover is smoldering; 138 workers and 29 vehicles, including 4 aircraft, are putting out what’s remained of the fire.

The State Emergency Service says the situation is under control, the fire will not spread any further, and there are no life hazards related to the incident.

Weather forecasts say that there’s a high chance of strong rains in Kyiv region today; that would significantly help firemen do their job.
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