Zhytomyr region sees new forest fire outbreak spreading to nearby nature reserve

21:58, 28 April 2020
Ukraine
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"A fire broke out on the grass flooring in Zhytomyr region's Olevsk district at about 15 o'clock Kyiv time today, then it spread to the forest of the Polissia nature reserve near the village of Rudnia-Perhanska," the State Emergency Service of Ukraine said on April 28.

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"In some places, it ran into a crown fire. Ground and aerial [firefighting] forces were engaged simultaneously," it said.

Members of the emergency service managed to eliminate the crown fire thanks to aerial firefighting.

Work is under way to contain the burning of forest litter, stumps and wood. "Some 124 workers and 26 pieces of equipment were involved in the extinguishing of the fire. Of them, the State Emergency Service provided 59 workers and 14 units of equipment, including three An-32P aircraft," it said.

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