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Forest fire in Ukraine
« on: April 07, 2020, 04:24:24 AM »
Ukrainian government agencies on Monday denied an official's claim that a forest fire in the Chernobyl exclusion zone caused a spike in radiation levels.
(Wikipedia: The Exclusion Zone covers an area of approximately 2,600 km2 (1,000 sq mi))

Firefighters are still battling a blaze that broke out at the weekend in the wooded zone ...
On Sunday, Yegor Firsov, head of Ukraine's state ecological inspection service, said in a Facebook post that radiation levels at the centre of the fire were higher than normal

Ukraine's emergency service told AFP that no increase in radiation in the air had been detected.
"There is no spike in radiation levels," said Olga Kozak, a spokeswoman for the emergency service, which has deployed planes, a helicopter and more than 100 firefighters to fight the blaze,

Ukraine's government agency for managing the exclusion zone also reported that normal levels of gamma radiation "were not exceeded" in the area of the fire.
Later Monday, Firsov himself withdrew his claim, writing on Facebook that manmade radionuclides were not detected at the site of the fire.
He added that the fire in the exclusion zone did not affect the radiation situation in Kiev and the suburbs, refuting his earlier statement.