Big forest fire registered near Chernobyl again

A fire has started in the forestry Chernobyl Pushcha again – dry grass and the forest floor have caught fire.

The fire started in three sectors of the forest and has already overwhelmed about 32 hectares of land. 19 machines and 106 people are fighting it, Ukrainian rescuers report.

The fire stopped spreading at 7 a.m. on August 9. Firemen are controlling the perimeter and trying to eliminate separate hotbeds of fire, reports.

A major fire started in the alienation zone near Chernobyl at the end of June. It overwhelmed 130 hectares. Rescuers managed to put it out but peat kept smouldering for about two weeks.