A spokesman for the department said firefighters put out 12 forest fires over the weekend, but strong winds and record temperatures sparked a new wave of fires.
The fires pose no threat the residential areas, he added.
In 2010, deadly wildfires in Russia killed more than 50 people, destroyed thousands of houses, burned 6.4 million acres of woods and eliminated a quarter of the country's grain harvest, RIA Novosti said.
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