Wildfires in Ukraine 17 July 2016

July 20, 2016

 Wildfires in Ukraine  

17 July 2016


First news about wildfires burning in the Chernobyl Exclusion Zone (CEZ), Ukraine, 17 July 2016 (published by: http://www.lesovod.org.ua/node/29754)



Fire location map derived from MODIS instrument on NASA satellite Terra.


From the Ukrainian media: Forest Fires in Chernobyl Exclusion Zone (ChEZ)


In the ChEZ in particularly near Radioactive Waste Storage “Buriakivka” firefighting operations started


16 July 2016, 22:29


Individual fires burning up to 15 hectares (ha) have been reported by the press center DSNS (State Emergency Service of Ukraine). It is noted that threatened objects are located in the ChEZ. Fire rescue units and DSNS fire aviation and forestry workers of "Chernobyl Pushcha" are involved in firefighting with 20 vehicles and 81 people, including DSNS of 12 vehicles and 51 personnel representative, MI-8 helicopters with helibuckets and AN-32P fixed wing air tankers. The operations are coordinated by the Deputy Chief of DSNS in the Kiev region. The radiation background in the exclusion zone is in the normal range and averages 0.3-0.4 mSv/h (safe level of background radiation: 0.5 mSv/h):



Information on Radioactive Fires in the Chernobyl Exclusion Zone (Ukraine) and Neighbouring Belarus and Russian Federation in 2015 (REEFMC / GFMC summaries)


Ukraine 30 April 2015:


Ukraine 29 April 2015:


Ukraine 28 April 2015:




Additional Information on Radioactive Fires in Ukraine and Neighbouring Belarus and Russian Federation

The following special GFMC website provides background materials and activities to address the problem of fire management on contaminated terrain.


This website includes also the special OSCE / GFMC / REEFMC report on Fire suppression in contaminated areas, with focus on radioactive terrain:


Website of the Regional Eastern European Fire Monitoring Center (REEFMC) (Kiyv, Ukraine):


VI International Fire Management Week held in Kyiv / Boyarka, Ukraine, 25-27 March 2015


Wildland Fire related news from the Media: Note: The hyperlinks on the left side of each news are password-protected (User ID and password to enter the GFMC database are available for partners of GFMC). The links on the right side (in brackets) are leading to the original news source; sometimes this news are expiring rather swiftly - a reason for the establishment of the internal GFMC database):


·         Ukraine: Chernobyl nuclear radiation fears from smoke plumes after bushfires in exclusion zone (published by www.news.com.au 30 May 2015)

·         Ukraine: Chernobyl wildfire controlled: Ukraine (published by http://zeenews.india.com 29 April 2015)

·         Ukraine: Chornobyl forest fire latest: Forecasters predict smoke poses no threat to Kyiv (published by http://uatoday.tv 29 April 2015)

·         Ukraine: Forest fire breaks out near Chernobyl nuclear plant (published by www.bbc.com 28 April 2015)

·         Ukraine: Forest Fire in Ukraine Approaches Chernobyl Disaster Site (published by www.wsj.com 28 April 2015)

·         Ukraine: Forest fires heading for Chernobyl nuclear plant – Ukraine Interior Ministry (published by http://rt.com 28 April 2015)

·         Ukraine: Chernobyl and the fire next time (published by www.counterpunch.org 25 April 2015)

·         Ukraine/GFMC: The Ukraine conflict’s legacy of environmental damage and pollutants (published by http://sustainablesecurity.org 21 April 2015)


For more media reports see GFMC Media page: http://www.fire.uni-freiburg.de/media/news.htm

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