Forest burning near the former Chernobyl nuclear power plant, radiation makes it difficult to extinguish

In an area near the former Chernobyl nuclear power plant, forests are burning, and firefighters' efforts are hampered by an increase in radioactive radiation.

About 90 firefighters have intervened and are trying to extinguish a fire that has affected nearly 20 hectares, the Kiev Civil Defense Agency said on Saturday. 

Two planes and a helicopter were also sent to the area to help firefighters extinguish the fire.

Radioactive radiation is still present after the 1986 nuclear accident and this hampered firefighters' efforts, the agency said, adding that there was no danger to the population.

Following the Chernobyl nuclear explosion in 1986, areas contaminated by radioactivity around the wreckage were closed and thousands of people displaced.
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