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Last Updated: Tuesday August 03 2010 15:35 GMT

Wildfires raging in Russia during record heatwave

Wildfires in Russia

The wildfires have come during a record heatwave

Up to 180,000 firefighters in Russia are battling hundreds of wildfires that are raging across parts of the country.

On Tuesday, officials said there were 529 fires, which have come during a record heatwave. The capital Moscow had its hottest day ever last Thursday.

Thousands of people have lost their homes and at 40 people have died in the blazes east and south of the city.

Lots of children are also being moved from summer camps that are under threat from the fires.

A burnt car and the remains of a house in the village of Mokhovoe
A burnt car and the remains of a house in the village of Mokhovoe

Russia is one of the world's biggest exporters of wheat, but about 20 per cent of the country's grain crops have been destroyed in the blazes.

The Russian president has declared a state of emergency in seven of the 14 regions affected so they can get more help and money to deal with the situation.