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In pictures: Russia's massive wildfires rage on


Images from Russia, where the army has been sent in to help tackle massive wildfires raging in Siberia (all photos here from Krasnoyarsk region).

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image captionThe wildfires have now spread to about three million hectares (7.4 million acres) - an area roughly the size of Belgium
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image captionThe Russian authorities have deployed 10 planes and 10 helicopters with firefighting equipment
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image captionSome forest protection personnel have been parachuted to the most remote areas
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image captionHundreds of firefighters and emergencies ministry personnel are tackling the fires on the ground
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image captionThey are trying to prevent the blazes from spreading to populated areas
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image captionGreenpeace has described the situation in the affected regions as an "ecological catastrophe"
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image captionA state of emergency has been declared across the Irkutsk and Krasnoyarsk regions, two areas of the Republic of Buryatia and one area of the Republic of Sakha (Yakutia)
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image captionBut many Russians say the authorities are not doing enough, with more than 700,000 people signing a petition calling for tougher action

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