Russia sends army to battle deadly wildfires

Firefighters work to extinguish dry grass that is burning near the town of Voronezh some 500 km (294 miles) south of Moscow, Saturday, July 31, 2010. The fires have spread quickly across more than 200,000 acres (90,000 hectares) in recent days after a record heat wave and severe drought that has plagued Russia for weeks. (AP Photo/Mikhail Metzel)

July 31, 2010 1:56:51 PM PDT
Russia sent the army on Saturday to battle wildfires that have killed at least 28 people and were threatening dozens of towns and villages. Thick smoke and ash slowed firefighting efforts and thousands of people were being evacuated.