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Dozens of wildfires sweep across southern Siberia

Russian emergency officials say wildfires have swept across southern Siberia, destroying houses in several villages and endangering others. No deaths have been reported.

The Emergency Situations Ministry said Thursday that 59 fires were raging in the region east of Lake Baikal, thousands of miles east of Moscow. More than 22,700 acres have been affected.

One of the fires swept through the Vasilyevsky Khutor village, leaving four people hospitalized with burns. The ministry said the fire was triggered by local residents burning garbage.

On Wednesday, fires destroyed houses in other villages and cut power supplies to more than 4,000 residents.

Large areas in Russia are regularly affected by wildfires, often triggered by disregard for safety rules.