Russia calls on volunteers to join firefighting effort

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The Russian emergencies ministry on Friday launched an appeal for volunteers to join efforts to put out the worst recorded wildfires in the country's history, a spokesman said.

"All people wanting to provide such help can telephone the regional centre of the emergencies ministry," the official told AFP.

Russian news agencies published the numbers of three phone lines set up for volunteers to call and offer their help.

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