Fire blazing in Russian forest
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Russia fires fanned by high winds

2 August 2010 Last updated at 03:22 BST

Russia has mobilised almost 250,000 people to fight the wildfires in the country, as soaring temperatures and high winds continue to fan the flames.

President Dmitry Medvedev has described the situation as a "natural disaster of the kind that probably only happens every 30 or 40 years".

The BBC's Richard Galpin reports from Moscow.