We get a lot of emails and messages asking if anything is remaining in Chernobyl after the devastating forest fires that started on the 4th April 2020. We were in Ukraine at the time the fires started all set for another amazing Chernobyl tour, we could only watch local news in horror as the fires ravaged Chernobyl for 10 days before the brave firefighters claimed victory thanks to their heroic efforts along with a heavy downpour in the region.
The sad truth is many amazing places within the Chernobyl Exclusion Zone have been lost forever, personally I was devastated to hear that the Children’s Summer Camp had been destroyed in the fires. I absolutely loved visiting that place, it must have been a place of so much joy and hope for a bright future. Fortunately, what we would call the most important sites in the zone are all safe thanks to the firefighters. Pripyat is fine, so is Chernobyl and the Duga radar station. Many of the other smaller towns and villages around the zone also remain.
In terms of our Chernobyl tours, the only difference will be we won’t be visiting the Children’s Summer Camp. The Chernobyl Exclusion Zone is open again.