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Dry grass on fire in Chernobyl exclusion zone — Ukraine’s emergencies service

June 30, 2015, 9:57 UTC+3 KIEV

The fire area is covering around 130 hectares, Ukraine’s emergencies service said

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KIEV, June 30. /TASS/. Dry grass is on fire on the territory of a forestry complex near the site of the 1986 Chernobyl nuclear disaster, Ukraine’s emergencies service said on Tuesday, adding that the fire area is covering around 130 hectares.

The fire broke out at 17.10 p.m. (1410GMT) on Monday near the villages of Kovshilovka and Polesskoye in the flood plain of the Uzh River. The dry grass and bulrush started burning and the fire spread to the further area, the service said.

The firefighting effort involves 24 pieces of equipment and 117 personnel. A headquarters has been set up and a mobile task force has been deployed to deal with the fire.

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