Sunday, August 22, 2010

New wildfires break out in Russia -

New wildfires break out in Russia - "MOSCOW, Aug. 22 (UPI) -- More than 200 wildfires engulfing nearly 16,000 acres burned across European Russia Sunday, officials say.

Firefighters have extinguished 122 blazes, but 86 new fires have broken out, RIA Novosti said Sunday.

A record-setting heat wave and a severe drought has enveloped much of the country since mid-June, making the countryside particularly susceptible to wildfires, Russia's Emergencies Ministry said.

Twenty peat bog fires are among the areas still burning, officials said."