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Russia Fights Wildfires Amid Drought; Moscow Swelters

Russian emergency crews battled 282 wildfires covering 52,060 hectares (about 129,000 acres) across Russia amid a drought that led the government to declare weather-related emergencies in 23 crop-producing regions.

In all, 575 wildfires were burning as of 12:07 p.m., including 34 in peat bogs drained during the Soviet era for agriculture, the Emergency Situations Ministry said on its website. Since the start of the fire season, 418,000 hectares have burned, the ministry said.