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Uphill battle for volunteer firefighters in Russia

Muscovites answer villages’ calls for help

Volunteers fought a forest fire outside Gora yesterday. The Russian government says it does not have enough firefighters. Volunteers fought a forest fire outside Gora yesterday. The Russian government says it does not have enough firefighters. (Mikhail Galustov for The Boston Globe)
By David Filipov
Globe Staff / August 11, 2010

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They dug and piled sand with primitive shovels into thin yellow firebreaks. They sprayed water from hand-pumped plastic spray cans to beat down hissing, seething flames. They coughed and swore in the thick, acrid smoke as they cut away fallen branches to prevent them from exploding into fire. They fought a seemingly one-sided battle with an underground ... (Full article: 797 words)

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