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Wildfires In Siberia Kill At Least 23 People

Authorities have blamed the fires on human carelessness combined with warm temperatures and strong winds.

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In the city of Chita, visibility was reported to have been reduced to 660-990 feet as smoke from the fire intensified, according to the BBC.

Wildfires in the warmer months are a common occurrence in Russia. During the country's worst ever heatwave in 2010, the capital, Moscow, became engulfed in a blanket of smoke. At the time scientists said the death rate in the city increased by 50%, according to The Guardian newspaper.

Felipe Araujo is the overnight homepage editor for BuzzFeed News and is based in London.

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