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Radiation level ‘normal’ in Chernobyl exclusion zone after wildfires

May 01, 2015, 11:38 UTC+3 KIEV

The level of radiation is estimated at 21 mcR/h

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KIEV, May 1. /TASS/. Ukraine’s emergencies service said on Friday it has put out all the open fire spots near the site of the 1986 Chernobyl nuclear disaster.

"As of this morning, there are no open fire spots and the situation is under control, certain smoldering spots are poured with water," a representative of the service told TASS.

"The radiation level in this area is normal and is estimated at 21 mcR/h. No increase in the radiation level as a result of the fire in the adjacent territories has been registered," it said.

A mobile control center has been set up in the area to coordinate the efforts on extinguishing the wildfire, the service said.

Earlier reports said the forest fire broke out on April 28 and was put out on April 30. The exclusion zone covers an area of approximately 2,600 square kilometers around the Chernobyl nuclear power plant.

Ukraine’s Prime Minister Arseniy Yatsenyuk said after visiting the scene of the fire-fighting operation that this was the most massive accident over the past 23 years.

Ukraine’s Interior Ministry said earlier it considered that the forest fire had been caused by arson.

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