Firefighting train helps to stop wildfires in Ukraine

Ukraine is trying to stop wildfires in the Zhytomyr Region. To this end, the local authorities have mobilised around 1,000 firemen, three An-32P specialised aircraft, one helicopter and one firefighting train.

No sooner had the Ukrainian firemen stopped main wildfires in Chernobyl Exclusion Zone than the new fire’s points of origin appeared. On 16 April, the flames have broken out in Ovruch and Olevsk Districts of Zhytomyr Region. The scourge covered an area of over 4,000 hectares of forest lands.

In order to stop wildfires, the Department of the State Emergency Service of Ukraine engaged all the available sources including the specialised vehicles such as the ordinary fire engines, the firefighting aviation and a specialised train. The latter was used during the weekend, 18-19 April, when the fire covered the largest portions of the forest. The firefighting train helped the rescuers to stop wildfires and to fill fire engines with water.

Possible leads

Currently, Ukrainian law enforcement agencies are investigating the possible leads of these wildfires. The Minister of Internal Affairs Arsen Avakov has listed several reasons. “Initially, the wildfires were the result of severe dry wind, which cut off the electric wires. However, we do have some facts suggesting that the arson was intentional. That is why a group of specialists is currently working in Zhytomyr Region. The investigation is underway,” he said.

Author: Mykola Zasiadko

Mykola Zasiadko is editor of online trade magazines RailTech.com and RailFreight.com.

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