During the midday of this Tuesday, a grass fire in front of the property where the Atucha I Nuclear Power Plant in Lima, in the Buenos Aires party of Zarate. As a result of the incident, an operation of volunteer firefighters from the area and Civil Defense of the province of Buenos Aires was arranged, who clarified that “the plant is protected”.
“They will work around the clock to control the fire. The situation is under operational control, without affecting the Atucha plant and the nearby population,” Civil Defense sources assured that they were flying over the area this noon, where four Fire Departments, three police helicopters and a hydrant plane from the National Fire Management Service (SNMF) were working.
For its part, the Ministry of Environment and Sustainable Development, through the National Fire Management Service (SNMF), activated the necessary tasks to combat the incident and indicated that the focus, which until last night had not been officially reported by the province from Buenos Aires, It is active and affects wetland vegetation in areas surrounding the complex.
“Although its magnitude does not generate major concern, It is the effects of the smoke that summon the works from the Nation, through which it seeks to avoid consequences on a national scale that affect the power plants and consequently the electricity supply”, stressed the Ministry.
In the zone operates a 3,000-liter capacity hydrant aircraft of the SNMF, together with Buenos Aires helicopters, and analyzes of the meteorological situation are carried out to study the rotation of the wind, in order to plan and coordinate the essential measures to fight the fire.
Meanwhile, the director of local Civil Defense, Fabio Giovanettoni, said that “the hydrant plane will be operating in the area near Atucha”, and that part of the air resources that are being used in Lima are those used in the Fires in San Pedro.