VIDEO: Siberia firefighters battle Lake Baikal fires

Firefighters on Monday continued to battle forest fires in the area around Lake Baikal in Siberia - the world's largest freshwater lake.

There was "no threat" to residential areas and the situation was "under control", according to the head of the Irkutsk regional department of Russia's Ministry of Emergency Situations.

On the western shore of Baikal, in the Irkutsk region, the number of fires had reduced and was affecting an area of 107,000 hectares (413 miles), according to official reports.

Meanwhile, around 50 fires were raging across 164,000 hectares (633 square miles) on Baikal's eastern shore, in the region of Buryatia.