A Russian closed nuclear town is surrounded by fire, with residents ‘choking’ from smoke.
Facilities for producing weapons grade plutonium believed safe despite fierce flames caused by wildfires.
The shoking pictures in Zheleznogorsk – a high-security closed nuclear town in Krasnoyarsk region – shows fires close to residential areas.
Citizens of the Siberian town are choking from wildfire smoke.
Streets were covered with thick haze after woodland caught fire. The strong smell of smoke was felt inside flats and houses.
Pictures that were exchanged in the local ‘Accidents Zheleznogorsk’ community showed how close the fire is to living areas.
A local newspaper reported that wildfires engulfed an area of 400 hectares, apparently starting from dry grass catching fire.
Officials state there is no immediate threat to the nuclear plants in the town. But all details about the fires are in Moscow, as Zheleznogorsk is a closed city and it doesn’t report to local newspapers.
Unfavourable meteorological conditions due to heavy smoke coming from Zheleznogorsk fires have been forecast for the Krasnoyarsk region inthe coming days. Zheleznogorsk, also known as Atom town and Iron City is 62 kilometres north-east of regional capital Krasnoyarsk.
Do you think the smoke is radioactive?