Meanwhile the wildfires are surrounding Moscow. Utro.ru reports that the traffic is very slow because the visibility is only 100 yards at most. Germany has closed its embassy and consular section in Moscow. According to radio station "Ekho Moskvy" Austria, Poland and Canada are also evacuating their personnel and their families from the capital of Russia.
NY Daily News:
Wildfires continued to spread throughout central Russia Saturday as smog consumed Moscow, raising health concerns for residents of the Russian capital.
290 new wildfires were reported in the last 24 hours, and weather forecasters said that Russia's heat wave would continue for several more days.
Meanwhile, pollutants in the Moscow smog have risen to dangerously unsafe levels. carbon monoxide levels are 6.6 times higher than acceptable, and tiny invisible particles from the fires are present in concentrations 2.2 times higher than normal levels, according to state air pollution monitoring service Mosekomonitoring.
The smog, which can be seen from NASA space images, has crept into homes, business offices, and even the underground Moscow metro.
"The situation is truly extreme. People are in circumstances under which they should not have to live," Russian doctor Ivan Yurlov told the Kommersant daily.
NBC Nightly news is showing the reports from Moscow on wildfires for the second day in a row.