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Furious forest infernos in the Chernobyl exclusion zone are now ‘close’ to the exploded nuclear reactor

Furious forest infernos in the Chernobyl exclusion zone who burn for eight days are now ‘close’ to the exploded nuclear reactor amid new fears of radiation pollution

  • Forest fires burning through the Chernobyl forests are approaching the nuclear reactor
  • There are fears that flames may reach radioactive trucks and vehicles left after the infamous power plant explosion in 1986
  • Kiev deployed over 300 people and 85 devices

Forest fires burning through radioactive forests in the Chernobyl exclusion zone are getting closer to the exploded nuclear reactor.

Firefighters rush to build ramparts around the sarcophagus covering the ruined factory in Ukraine amid swirling winds.

There is a fear that flames may reach abandoned trucks and other vehicles contaminated by the disastrous 1986 explosion.

An extraordinary video by firefighter Andrei Kukib shows an emergency vehicle driving through the blazing fire and smoke destroying the polluted ‘dead zone’.

In the nearly uninhabited 1,000 square kilometer exclusion zone around the disused factory, fires have been going on for nine days.

Forest fires burning through radioactive forests in the Chernobyl exclusion zone (photo) are getting closer to the abandoned nuclear reactor that exploded in 1986

Forest fires burning through radioactive forests in the Chernobyl exclusion zone (photo) are getting closer to the abandoned nuclear reactor that exploded in 1986

The State Agency for Management of the Exclusion Zone has ordered three Antonov planes and two MI-8 helicopters whose air has dropped 250 tons of water (photo)

The State Agency for Management of the Exclusion Zone has ordered three Antonov planes and two MI-8 helicopters whose air has dropped 250 tons of water (photo)

The State Agency for Management of the Exclusion Zone has ordered three Antonov planes and two MI-8 helicopters whose air has dropped 250 tons of water (photo)

On Tuesday, the fire covered some 87 acres, which has tripled in size from high winds, the emergency service said in a statement.

There is a fear of radiation in the ground released by the infernos that can reach the nearest city of Kiev, the Ukrainian capital and other populated areas.

This could be worse if the flames reach the Chernobyl reactors.

Kateryna Pavlova, a senior officer involved in firefighting, said, “We spent all night digging firebreaks around the factory to protect them from fire.”

She said The New York Times“At the moment we cannot say that the fire has stopped.”

Every day, more than 300 people and 85 devices are deployed in the fight to put out the flames, as Ukraine – one of the poorest countries in Europe – is also fighting the corona virus.

Every day, more than 300 people and 85 equipment are deployed in the battle to put out the flames (depicted exhausted firefighters rest after extinguishing the fires)

Every day, more than 300 people and 85 equipment are deployed in the battle to put out the flames (depicted exhausted firefighters rest after extinguishing the fires)

Every day, more than 300 people and 85 equipment are deployed in the battle to put out the flames (depicted exhausted firefighters rest after extinguishing the fires)

Firefighters rush to build firebreaks around the sarcophagus covering the ruined factory in Ukraine amid swirling winds (pictured, spreading wildfires)

Firefighters rush to build firebreaks around the sarcophagus covering the ruined factory in Ukraine amid swirling winds (pictured, spreading wildfires)

Firefighters rush to build firebreaks around the sarcophagus covering the ruined factory in Ukraine amid swirling winds (pictured, spreading wildfires)

The State Exclusion Zone Management Agency – headed by Pavlova – has ordered three Antonov (AN-32P) aircraft and two MI-8 helicopters whose air has dropped more than 250 tons of water into the forest fires.

Police said the fire broke out after a man set fire to the grass near the exclusion zone. The man was arrested by the Ukrainian police.

The Ukrainian authorities dismissed warnings from the acting chief of the country’s ecological inspection service, Yehor Firsov, who withdrew comments this week that “radioactivity at the heart of the fire is higher than normal.”

Initially covered by the USSR, the 1986 explosion caused radioactive fallout across Europe, exposing millions to dangerous levels of radiation.

Ukrainian firefighters have been working for nine days to stop the spread of wildfires

Ukrainian firefighters have been working for nine days to stop the spread of wildfires

Ukrainian firefighters have been working for nine days to stop the spread of wildfires

Fireman and rescuer Andrei Kukib (photo) has been working to put out forest fires in the Chernobyl exclusion zone for four days

Fireman and rescuer Andrei Kukib (photo) has been working to put out forest fires in the Chernobyl exclusion zone for four days

Fireman and rescuer Andrei Kukib (photo) has been working to put out forest fires in the Chernobyl exclusion zone for four days

People are not allowed to live within 18 miles of the power plant, about 62 miles north of the capital of Ukraine, Kiev.

The three other reactors in Chernobyl continued to generate electricity until the plant was closed in 2000.

In 2016, a gigantic protective dome was placed above the fourth reactor.

There are regular fires in the forests near the Chernobyl power station.

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