Russian fires start up again: ministry

2nd September 2010, Comments 0 comments

Forest and brush fires have flared up again in southern Russia, killing one person burning down more than a hundred houses, the emergencies ministry said Thursday.

Strong winds stoked fires that burnt 113 houses in different towns, according to a local branch of the ministry cited by the RIA Novosti news agency.

Although temperatures have come down in Moscow since an unprecedented heatwave this summer, at times they topped 40 degrees Celsius (104 degrees Fahrenheit) in the southern region of Volgograd, sources quoted by the agency said.

Forest fires ravaged about a million hectares in Russia in recent months, destroying whole villages and leaving more than 50 people dead, according to official tallies. Fires also threatened several nuclear plants.

The emergency alert was lifted on August 23 in the last of the seven regions affected by the fires.

© 2010 AFP

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