Big forest fire stopped near Mayak plant

Publish date: May 18, 2004

A big forest fire on the area of 600 ha was stopped near Mayak plant 60 km from Chelyabinsk.

Mayak plant is one of the biggest sites dealing with spent nuclear fuel reprocessing, ITAR-TASS reported. The storage facility of the radioactive materials at the Mayak plant is capable to contain up to 400 tonnes of the weapon-grade uranium and plutonium extracted from the nuclear warheads. There are still three big forest fires going on in Chelyabinsk region covering the area of 2.3 thousand ha, ITAR-TASS reported.