Five people have been killed and almost 400 houses have been damaged in the latest wave of the forest fires scorching Russia.
Although heavy rains have helped slow the fires in much of the country, the southern regions of Volgograd, Saratov and Samara remain hot and dry. The new fires were fanned by high winds, which also damaged power lines.
The fires are the most intense in the Volgograd region, where 380 houses have been burnt. Tanker planes and helicopters have made about 60 sorties to drop water on the fires.
- Forest fires continue across Russia 2010-08-07