Vyksa, Russia

Residents using hand-operated fire extinguishers walk through thick smoke Thursday as they fight a forest fire near Vyksa, about 187 miles from <a class="taxInlineTagLink" id="PLGEO100100602011368" title="Moscow (Russia)" href="/topic/international/russia/moscow-%28russia%29-PLGEO100100602011368.topic">Moscow</a>. Another 300 wildfires in the last 24 hours have added to those already raging across a parched Russia, the leader of the national crisis center, Vladimir Stepanov, told the Interfax news agency. The situation in Moscow, home to 10 million people, was also worsening as smoke from peat bog fires continued to cover the city in smog.

( Yuri Kochetkov / EPA / August 4, 2010 )

Residents using hand-operated fire extinguishers walk through thick smoke Thursday as they fight a forest fire near Vyksa, about 187 miles from Moscow. Another 300 wildfires in the last 24 hours have added to those already raging across a parched Russia, the leader of the national crisis center, Vladimir Stepanov, told the Interfax news agency. The situation in Moscow, home to 10 million people, was also worsening as smoke from peat bog fires continued to cover the city in smog.

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