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Last Updated: Tuesday August 03 2010 17:30 GMT

Wildfires raging in Russia

Wildfires in Russia

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

Special planes are being used to drop water on top of the blazes.

Thousands of people have lost their homes and at least 40 people have died.

The fires have been sparked by a record heatwave, which has left much of the land bone dry.

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