A thick layer of smoke was observed August 26 in Kyiv city and some nearby towns, states the State Emergency Service (SES). A large peat fire currently burning in drought-stricken Kyiv region affect not only the fire sources, Irpin, Horenka, Hostomel, Bucha, but the capital city as well.
This morning SES plans to conduct aerial reconnaissance involving a helicopter to learn the situation with the peat smoldering.
The smoke over a fire does not just climb vertically upwards, but rather spreads like a mushroom cloud. Emitted smoke is not toxic, it does not contain air pollutants, which would cause health problems, says the SES in their daily report. Still the experts recommend to shut down the windows while the peat fires are not extinguished.
Due to a high carbon content, peat can burn under low moisture conditions. The weather conditions of the region created ideal circumstances for the peat fire to grow.