Wild­fires com­pound heat wave

Austin American-Statesman - - WORLD & NATION - Com­piled from wire re­ports

MOSCOW — Rag­ing for­est fires en­cir­cled a south­ern Rus­sian city and tore through pro­vin­cial vil­lages, forc­ing mass evac­u­a­tions as Moscow suf­fered through a record, weeks-long heat wave and smog cloud caused by peat-bog fires. About 212,506 acres were burn­ing na­tion­wide, and flames all but en­cir­cled the city of Voronezh, 300 miles south­east of Moscow. For­est fires on Moscow’s out­skirts reached the city’s western fringe, but were ex­tin­guished to­ward night­fall. There were no re­ports of ca­su­al­ties.

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