The fire in Chernobyl reached the town of Pripyat. Ukrainian media reports about it.
According to Yaroslav Emelianenko, a member of the Public Council of the Chernobyl State Agency, wrote on his Facebook page that the situation is critical and the fire is approaching the Chernobyl nuclear power plant that raises radiation fears.
“Now the fire is raging in the Pripyat city. Two kilometers away is the radioactive waste storage, where the most dangerous radiation waste is stored. The situation is critical. The zone is burning,” Yaroslav Yemelianenko wrote.
Fires have been burning since 4 April in Chernobyl’s exclusion zone, the 30-kilometre (18.6-mile) area around the former nuclear reactor where authorities have barred people from living.
Police arrested a person suspected of starting the fire by setting dry grass on fire in the area. The 27-year-old man said he burned grass “for fun”.