On the afternoon of Saturday, April 4, a fire broke out in the village of Vladimirovka in Ukraine. The area, about 50 acres, is located in the uninhabited area near the former Chernobyl nuclear power plant.

The fire, of which the causes are not yet known, took about 48 hours to be completely tamed, but during the intervention of the firefighters, a level of radioactivity was detected 16 times higher than normal . This was reported in a Facebook post by Yegor Firsov, head of the Ukrainian state ecological control service.

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The flames started from a wooded area near Vladimirovka, a country completely deserted since 1986, after the explosion of the nuclear reactor at the Chernobyl plant. Since then, according to the Ukrainian authorities, fires are not uncommon , but such high levels of radiation have never been reached following one of these incidents. This circumstance obviously made fire extinguishing operations much more difficult. As reported by CNN , the Kiev government has sent two planes, a helicopter and about 100 firefighters to the scene.

“Every year the same thing happens: fields, reeds, forests burn in all regions,” explains Firsov in his post. However, if in other areas, the danger is linked only to the danger of the fire, after this last episode it is necessary to consider how such an event can also have  repercussions on the radiation levels of the area. That’s why the head of the city’s ecological service is asking the government to “pass new legislation that tightens sanctions on anyone caught caught in the area causing fires.

A few hours ago, Firsov, also via Facebook, reassured the citizens saying that nobody is in danger and that the radiation levels have returned to normal levels.