The wildfires in Russia have been reduced to less than half their previous area in the last 24 hours, according to Russian media.
All wildfires in the Voronezh region have been put out, and fires encroaching many urban areas, particularly Moscow, have been shrunk considerably, from 46 hectares (114 acres) to 33 hectares (81.5 acres).
Muscovites are highly agitated by Moscow Mayor Yuri Luzhkov's absence from the capital during the hardship the capital city has endured as nearby forests and peat clogged the city's air with heavy, toxic smoke. Government opposition has capitalized upon the unrest to gain political currency with locals in the Moscow area.
Overall fires have been reduced from 45,000 hectares (111,197 acres) to 22,000 hectares (54,363 acres) throughout Russia, according to that country's Emergency Situation Ministry. More than 160,000 people are involved in firefighting, including 26,000 fire-fighting equipment units and 62 aircraft.
Russian Prime Minister Vladimir Putin has instructed the Government Commission on Emergency Prevention and Relief to prepare for a cold front expected as the fires wane. While the heat and fires are expected to subside, meteorologists warn that one extreme may give way to another, as heavy rains, thunderstorms and possible tornadoes and hurricanes may threaten a wide area within Russia.