Turf war embraced Ukraine

Source : 112 Ukraine

Peat fires and smouldering cover Lviv, Volyn, and Kyiv region
13:20, 14 August 2015

 Five new peat fires occurred in Lviv region for the past day, and another eight, which started few days ago, are not extinguished yet. More than 53 thousand sq. m. of peatlands are covered by fire, as reported by the press service of the local Emergency Service.

The firefighters are also trying to localize turf fires in eight districts in Kyiv region.

Volyn authorities announced a local emergency situation in the region due to the scale of the disaster. 95 ha of peatlands are smouldering in Volyn region, and every day new fire hotspots use to appear. 


Peat has high carbon content and burns under low moisture conditions; last time, actually, these regions had been facing these circumstances. Once ignited by the heat, it keeps smoldering for a long-long time.

Related: Wildfires in Chernobyl Zone last for 4 days

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