Russia’s atomic energy authority has ordered the felling of trees on a blazing nature reserve.
Thwe plan is to ensure wildfires do not spread to the closed city of Sarov which houses a secret nuclear facility.
Firefighting crews in the Mordovsky area are being reinforced although officials insist there is no danger.
Sergey Kiriyenko, Director of Russia’s atomic energy agency said: “Now we can say for sure that there are no nuclear threats or risks of radioactive contamination. No ecological threats or explosions on the Sarov territory, even if the fire gets into the city, even if that happens there are no such risks of any kind.”
In all 53 people have died during the wildfire crisis. The authorities say they are witnessing signs of improvement as the number of fires decreases.
The Kremlin has also announced plans to discuss extending a grain export ban into next year if domestic needs cannot be met.
Facing increasing criticism the government is desperate to prevent soaring food prices.