Taking measures to bring large forest fires in the Zhytomyr region and in the exclusion zone under control are underway.
By this time, a fire in the Chernobyl zone near the village of Korohod was localized on April 20.
Major efforts on April 21, 2020, are aimed at extinguishing three fire areas near settlements of Rozsokha, Kryva Hora, Rudky and peatlands in fire areas.
Measures have been taken to prevent the spread of fire to the territory of the Republic of Belarus.
Heavy engineering equipment of the State Emergency Service of Ukraine (SESU) and the Armed Forces, the National Guard continues to operate on the fire areas in the forests aimed to create firebreaks and mineralized strips. During the 24 hours, there have been created 110 km of fire-fighting mineralized strips (515 km - from the start of operations to extinguish forest fires).
In difficult-to-reach areas, roads are being made for the passage of fire-fighting equipment to get to fire areas. For firefighting and localization activities fire calculations are made, heavy engineering and 3 helicopters are operating.
The Shelter facility, Spent Nuclear Fuel Storage Facility and other facilities in the exclusion zone are operating as usual.
The radiation level in Kyiv, Kyiv region, and an exclusion zone is within the normal range and does not exceed the maximum permissible levels.
In total, over 1,300 personnel and 300 units of equipment have been involved in the elimination of forest fires in the exclusion zone (out of this amount more than 1,200 persons and 250 units of equipment, including 3 helicopters from SESU).
Concerning the situation in Zhytomyr region
During the last two days, three fire areas have been localized near the villages of Berezhest, Hladkovychi and Ostrovy.
Firefighting measures to localize the fire in Vystupovytsky forest near the villages of Zholudivka and Zhurba are continuing. Work is underway to establish control lines by digging ditches, aerial fighting, creating mineralized strips and clearing roads, for which tractors of forestry enterprises and heavy engineering equipment of the Armed Forces are engaged.
A total of over 1,000 people and about 160 units have been involved in the elimination of the fire (in particular, 180 firefighters and 40 units of equipment from SES).
The SES maintains communication with the Ministry of Emergency Situations of Belarus on the joint implementation of fire-fighting measures.
Fire fighting activities are underway.