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Army is called in as Russian wildfires rage

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Army is called in as Russian wildfires rage


The army has gone into action as wildfires rage in western Russia. With blazes in at least 14 of the country’s 83 regions, it has a battle on its hands.

Firefighters, military and otherwise, are struggling to stop the flames spreading. Around 30 people have died with more than 1,000 homes burned down.

Volunteers are doing their bit too but sometimes the fight seems hopeless.

“The situation could be described as catastrophic,” said one man tackling a blaze in Moklok, a village near the city of Voronezh. “A lot of forest has burnt and there is fire both on the ground and up above. It is very hard to do anything at all. It is practically impossible but we are still trying to do what we can.”

The fires have been triggered by the hottest weather since records began in Russia. Temperatures of around 40 degrees Celsius had already parched large areas of land, ruining crops and pushing farmers to the brink of bankruptcy.

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