Russian fires flare up again

2010-09-08 20:35

Moscow - Forest fires flared up again in Russia on Wednesday as the authorities scrambled to evacuate villagers in the Siberian region of Altai, officials said.

Fifty houses in the village of Nikolayevka are now on fire, a spokesperson for the regional branch of the emergencies ministry told AFP.

"People are being evacuated," said the spokesperson, Olesya Kukuyeva, adding that no-one was hurt.

The fires were spreading from the Central Asian country of Kazakhstan with which the region shares a border, she said.

The fresh fire outbreak comes after Russia this summer had for weeks battled to cut back hundreds of blazes across the country, including fires dangerously close to its top nuclear research centre in central Russia.