Raging Fires Spread in Russia, Killing 15

Authorities said on Monday, out-of-control agricultural fires have killed at least 15 people, injured hundreds more and destroyed or damaged more than 1,000 homes in Siberia. The fires were started in Khakassia, a region in southeastern Siberia, by farmers burning the grass in their fields, but spread quickly because of strong winds. In a statement, Deputy Emergency Situations Minister Alexander Chupriyan said, "This fire would not have happened if people were not playing with matches." In televised comments, the region's chief, Viktor Zimin said, the fires have left 5,000 people homeless and it will take about $94 million to rebuild housing in the area.