Russian officials have recovered a body from a provincial village gutted by wildfires while another victim has died in hospital, taking the death toll from hundreds of blazes nationwide to at least 50.
The Emergencies Ministry said that almost 600 separate fires were still raging, mostly in Russia's European territory, to the west. A thick smog that had blanketed Moscow partially lifted on Thursday morning but could return, officials warned.
Russia is suffering its worst heatwave on record, pushing forest and peat fires across its central and western regions. Temperatures for weeks have soared as high as 38 Celsius in Moscow, where the average summer temperature usually is around 23 Celsius.