Radiation levels normal in Russia as wildfires continue in Chernobyl exclusion zone

Radiation levels remain normal in Russia as wildfires continue to burn in the Chernobyl exclusion zone, Anna Popova, director of the consumer rights watchdog Rospotrebnadzor and Russia's chief epidemiologist, told Interfax on Thursday.

Radiation levels remain normal in Russia as wildfires continue to burn in the Chernobyl exclusion zone, Anna Popova, director of the consumer rights watchdog Rospotrebnadzor and Russia's chief epidemiologist, told Interfax on Thursday.

"All measurements and monitoring results have not detected any heightened radiation levels," she said.

A Rospotrebnadzor spokesman told Interfax earlier that in response to wildfires burning in the 30-kilometer Chernobyl exclusion zone, the service had stepped up its monitoring of radiation levels in the Bryansk, Kursk, Belgorod, Voronezh, Smolensk and Rostov regions, the Krasnodar territory, the Republic of Crimea and Sevastopol.

A fire burning on 320 hectares of forest on the premises of the Chernobylska Pushcha specialized enterprise, located in Kyiv region, was reported on April 28. Fortunately, the blaze was stopped from spreading toward the Chernobyl nuclear power plant.

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