|Fires extend grip in western Russia|
But the officials said the fires, which have wiped out villages and vast areas of woodland, had been brought under control as evacuations continued on Saturday.
The emergencies ministry said in a website statement that "the situation with fires ... is under control" due to preventative measures being taken.
Anatoly Serdyukov, the defence minister, said all 300 of the army's fire lorries had been dispatched to help fight blazes across at least 14 of the country's 83 regions, including outside Moscow, the capital.
But state television reported that in some regions up to 20 new fires were being registered every day.
Sumber: AlJazeera.Net, 31/7/2010