Firefighters in Ukraine on Tuesday brought a forest fire under control that spread within 20 kilometers (12 miles) of the Chernobyl plant, the site of the world’s worst nuclear disaster.
Authorities suspect it was an arson attack because the blaze, which spread over 400 hectares (988 acres), came from several sources, according to Interior Minister Arsen Avakov. Firefighting aircraft dropped water to battle the fire, which was being fueled by strong winds.
“We haven’t seen such a fire since 1992,” Avakov said in a statement on his Facebook page. “It got to 20 kilometers of the reactor and five kilometers from buried nuclear waste.”
Ukraine is building a new shelter over the No. 4 nuclear generator at Chernobyl, which exploded in 1986, spewing radiation across Europe.