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A man tries to save his house from fires spreading from burning neighboring homes in the village of Smolenka near Chita on April 13, 2015. The fires were started by farmers burning the grass in their fields, but spread quickly because of strong winds. (AP Photo/Evgeny Yepanchintsev)

(Bloomberg) — Wildfires swept through Russia’s Khakassia region in Siberia, killing at least 15 people and leaving about 5,000 homeless, RIA Novosti reported Monday, citing a spokeswoman for the regional government.

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