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Forest Fire Near Ukraine’s Chernobyl Nuclear Zone Under Control: Prime Minister via The New York Times

KIEV — Ukrainian fire fighters have contained a large forest fire that threatened to spread toward the abandoned Chernobyl nuclear power plant and radiation levels in the area are normal, Prime Minister Arseny Yatseniuk said on Wednesday.

The blaze in woodlands, parts of which are still contaminated by radioactive particles from the 1986 Chernobyl disaster, had raised fears of increased radiation as high winds pushed it toward the plant about 20 km (12 miles) away.

Yatseniuk, speaking at a government meeting, said: “As of 1245 (05:45 EDT) the fires has been localized and contained. The radiation levels are normal.”

Emergency services deployed more than 300 firefighters, three planes and one helicopter to tackle the fire which Yatseniuk said was the largest in Ukraine since 1992.

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