Fire in Chernobyl exclusion zone caused a jump in radiation in the region - 16 times

A fire of increased complexity on the territory of the Chernobyl exclusion zone occupies about 20 hectares, while the total

the ignition area is up to 100 ha. In some areas of ignition, a radiation level of 16 times the norm is fixed.

The victims of this fire have not yet been reported. Now about 140 firefighters are engaged in extinguishing a fire, including with the help of aviation. The cause of the fire was arson - it was committed by a 27-year-old resident of a village adjacent to the zone.

The total area of ​​the exclusion zone of the Chernobyl nuclear power plant and resettlement zone is almost 2.6 thousand square meters. km This is not the first time forest fires have occurred in this area.

The accident at the Chernobyl nuclear power plant occurred on April 261986 year. During the safety tests of the reactor, its power first fell to its minimum values, and then increased sharply, resulting in an explosion.

A few days after that the populationPripyat and the nearest villages were evacuated, and the area of ​​2.6 thousand square meters. m has become an exclusion zone, prohibited for free access by the territory subjected to intense contamination with radionuclides.