Wildfires compound heat wave
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.