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Aug 13, 2010 12:03 PM by Bea Karnes, News First 5

US sending aid to Russia to battle wildfires

The United States is sending firefighting equipment to Russia to help officials there respond to the 500 wildfires burning across the country.

The White House says President Barack Obama called Russian President Dmitry Medvedev Thursday morning to express his condolences for the losses his country has suffered. The wildfires have been sparked by the hottest summer ever recorded in Russia, and Moscow's death rate has doubled to 700 people a day.

The White House says several U.S. agencies and the state of California are airlifting firefighting equipment to Russia to help combat the fires.

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