Wildfires Burning in the Chernobyl Exclusion Zone

Posted by Brodie Kirkpatrick on

Hey guys,

I'm pretty excited about bringing A&E to Mission Essential Gear and bringing the page and the podcast to a wider audience. I didn't want my first post to be about COVID-19. I'm sure you've been getting bombarded by it and I've spent enough time covering it over on the Instagram page. With that being said here it goes:

Wildfires have been burning in the Chernobyl Exclusion Zone and have the potential to threaten the destroyed nuclear reactor and raise radiation levels significantly. The exclusion zone is set 30km (or 16.8 miles) around the destroyed nuclear reactor and is closed to most human traffic. The only exceptions are workers in the area making sure the radiation levels are stable and guided trips for tourists. 

The fires have been burning in the zone since 04/04/2020. As of 04/13, the fires had reached the abandoned city of Pripyat (Call of Duty 4 vibes), which is less than 1.5 miles from the reactor, and the Pidlisny radioactive waste disposal site. Video footage shows that flames can be seen from the reactor itself and radiation in the exclusion zone has been reported to be as much as 16 times higher than normal. 

Ukraine has deployed at around 310 firefighters, 3 planes, and 3 helicopters to battle the fires. However, some have accused the government of not doing enough and down playing the severity of the fires, including a member of the public advisory board to the country's emergency services. The fires were supposedly caused by people intentionally setting fire to grass in the area and they did gain some strength after a weekend of high winds. Radioactive smoke is expected to hit the country's capital, Kiev, within days but officials say the levels of radiation aren't harmful to humans. On the ground officials have made it clear, however, that the blazes are not contained at this moment. We'll stay on the situation and keep you up to date on significant changes. 

I hope you guys like this first post. If you have any questions feel free to hit me up here or on Instagram/Twitter @analyzeeducate. Also, let me know what you think. I'm always open to criticism and I want some feedback on how to make this better.

Have a good one,

Brodie, Analyze & Educate


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