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August 2, 2010
Wildfires rage in Russia
VORONEZH, Russia (AP) -- Hundreds of new fires broke out Sunday in Russian forests and fields that have been dried to a crisp by drought and record heat, but firefighters claimed success in bringing some of the wildfires raging around cities under control. The firefighters got much-needed help from residents desperate to save their homes, who shoveled sand onto the flames and carted water in large plastic bottles. The wildfires that began threatening much of western Russia last week have killed 28 people and destroyed or damaged 77 towns or villages, the Emergencies Ministry said. Thousands of people have been evacuated from areas in the path of flames, but no deaths have been recorded since late Wednesday. Troops and volunteers have joined tens of thousands of firefighters in combating the fires, which blazed just outside Moscow and in several provinces east and south of the capital. (31 images)

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A Russian woman holding a baby cries near the remains of her burned out home in Voronezh on August 1, 2010. Firefighters fought an uphill battle against spreading forest fires that have already killed 30 people, destroyed thousands of homes and mobilized hundreds of thousands of emergency workers. The emergency ministry said that forest fires had engulfed more than 114,000 hectares across Russia. AFP/Getty Images / Alexey Sazonov


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Flames travel along the floor of the forest as a parched forest burns near a suburb of the town of Voronezh some 500 km (294 miles) south of Moscow, Sunday, Aug. 1, 2010. Hundreds of new fires broke out Sunday in Russian forests and fields that have been dried to a crisp by drought and record heat. AP / Mikhail Metzel



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Local people attempt to extinguish a forest fire near the suburb of the town of Voronezh some 500 km (294 miles) south of Moscow, Sunday, Aug. 1, 2010. AP / Mikhail Metzel



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A stand of charred birch and evergreen trees is seen filled with drifting smoke on the outskirts of Voronezh on August 1, 2010. AFP/Getty Images / Alexey Sazonov



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A man walks a herd of goats past a line of military vehicles for transporting soldiers to fight forest fires in Ryazanovka on August 1, 2010. AFP/Getty Images / Artyom Korotayev



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A firefighter works to extinguish a forest fire burning near a suburb of the town of Voronezh some 500 km (294 miles) south of Moscow, Sunday, Aug. 1, 2010. AP / Mikhail Metzel



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A Russian man walks his bicycle past the remains of burned out homes in Voronezh on August 1, 2010. AFP/Getty Images / Alexey Sazonov



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A Russian woman stands near the remains of her burned out home in Voronezh on August 1, 2010. AFP/Getty Images / Alexey Sazonov



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A Russian woman looks at the remains of her burned out home in Voronezh on August 1, 2010. AFP/Getty Images / Alexey Sazonov



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Russian Orthodox believers march past burned out homes in Voronezh on August 1, 2010 during a procession of the cross ceremony to pray for assistance. AFP/Getty Images / Alexey Sazonov



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People carry icons during a religious procession in front of the ruins of burned out houses after forest fires raged out of control in a suburb of the town of Voronezh some 500 km (294 miles) south of Moscow, Sunday, Aug. 1, 2010. AP / Mikhail Metzel



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Local residents try to find remains of their belongings in front of their burned house at the edge of Voronezh, central Russia, on July 31, 2010. AFP/Getty Images / Alexey Sazonov



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A woman inspects the remains of her burned house at the edge of Voronezh, central Russia, on July 31, 2010. AFP/Getty Images / Alexey Sazonov



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A man tries to stop a photographer from shooting the remains of his burned belongings at the edge of Voronezh, central Russia, on July 31, 2010. AFP/Getty Images / Alexey Sazonov



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A firefighter douses flames amidst trees in the village of Lesnoye, some 130 kilometers from Moscow on July 31, 2010. AFP/Getty Images / Artyom Korotayev



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Firefighters try to douse a fire set at the edge of Voronezh, central Russia, on July 31, 2010. AFP/Getty Images / Alexey Sazonov



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A girl wearing a mask over her mouth and nose looks out from her balcony in village of Beloomut, some 130 kilometers from Moscow on July 31, 2010. AFP/Getty Images /



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A burned-out car sits in front of a destroyed house in the village of Mokhovoye, some 130 kilometers from Moscow on July 31, 2010. AFP/Getty Images / Artyom Korotayev



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Men inspect the ruins of their house in the village of Beloomut, some 130 kilometers from Moscow, on July 31, 2010. AFP/Getty Images /



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A man inspects ruins of his house in the village of Beloomut, some 130 kilometers from Moscow on July 31, 2010. AFP/Getty Images /



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Boys try to save the remains of the harvest in the burned village of Beloomut, some 130 kilometers from Moscow on July 31, 2010. AFP/Getty Images /



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A man inspects the remains of a woodland at the edge of Voronezh, central Russia, on July 31, 2010. AFP/Getty Images / Alexey Sazonov



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Residents search belongings from the ruins of their houses which were destroyed by a forest fire in the town of Voronezh some 500 km (294 miles) south of Moscow, Saturday, July 31, 2010. AP / Mikhail Metzel



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A man walks through the courtyard of his house after it was burned by a forest fire near the town of Voronezh some 500 km (294 miles) south of Moscow, Saturday, July 31, 2010. AP / Mikhail Metzel



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Firefighters work to extinguish dry grass that is burning near the town of Voronezh some 500 km (294 miles) south of Moscow, Saturday, July 31, 2010. AP / Mikhail Metzel



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A man fishes in the deep smoke in Voronezh, central Russia, on July 31, 2010. AFP/Getty Images / Alexey Sazonov



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A firefighter works to extinguish a peat fire in a forest near the village Ryazanovka outside Moscow on July 29, 2010. AFP/Getty Images / Artyom Korotayev



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A security guard walks near grass, which was lit on fire by severe heat, at Khodynskoe pole aviation museum in Moscow on July 29, 2010. AFP/Getty Images / STR



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Firefighters work to extinguish a peat fire in a forest near the village Ryazanovka outside Moscow on July 29, 2010. AFP/Getty Images / Artyom Korotayev



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Local residents look at a heavy smog from a peat fire in a forest near the town of Shatura, some 130 km (81 miles) southeast of Moscow, Thursday, July 29, 2010. Peat swamps started burning in central Russia following an unprecedented heat wave. AP / Sergey Ponomarev



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Smog from forest and peat bog fires can be seen on Red Square in central Moscow on July 26, 2010. Inhabitants of Moscow were gasping as the Russian capital was blanketed in a heavy cloud of smog from forest and peat fires caused by the severest heatwave for decades. AFP/Getty Images / Natalia Kolesnikova



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