Portugal battles raging wildfires

More than ten villages in central Portugal have been evacuated as forest fires rage in the provinces of Castelo Branco and Santarem.  Almost 5,000 firefighters supported by water-dropping aircraft are deployed across central and northern areas of Portugal as the country continues its annual summertime battle against wildfires. “The intensity of the wind is diabolical,” said Jaime Marta Soares, saying new fires keep popping up away from the main fires. (Reuters)

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Portugal battles raging wildfires

Firefighters work to put out a forest fire next to the village of Macao, near Castelo Branco, Portugal, July 26, 2017. (Rafael Marchante/Reuters)

Portugal battles raging wildfires

A firefighter is riding a motorbike away from a forest fire next to the village of Macao, near Castelo Branco, Portugal, July 26, 2017. (Rafael Marchante/Reuters)

Portugal battles raging wildfires

Firefighters work to put out a forest fire next to the village of Macao, near Castelo Branco, Portugal, July 26, 2017. (Rafael Marchante/Reuters)

Portugal battles raging wildfires

A burned lamp post is seen next to the village of Gaviao, Portugal, July 26, 2017. (Rafael Marchante/Reuters)

Portugal battles raging wildfires

A villager leaves a forest fire in the village of Brejo Grande, near Castelo Branco, Portugal, July 25, 2017. (Rafael Marchante/Reuters)

Portugal battles raging wildfires

Firefighters work to put out a forest fire next to the village of Macao, near Castelo Branco, Portugal, July 26, 2017. (Rafael Marchante/Reuters)

Portugal battles raging wildfires

A dog walks near a tree burning in the village of Carvoeiro, near Castelo Branco, Portugal, July 25, 2017. (Rafael Marchante/Reuters)

Portugal battles raging wildfires

A firefighting plane dumps water on a forest fire next to the village of Macao, near Castelo Branco, Portugal, July 26, 2017. (Rafael Marchante/Reuters)

Portugal battles raging wildfires

Firefighters work to put out a forest fire next to the village of Macao, near Castelo Branco, Portugal, July 26, 2017. (Rafael Marchante/Reuters)

Portugal battles raging wildfires

Firefighters work to put out a forest fire next to the village of Macao, near Castelo Branco, Portugal, July 26, 2017. (Rafael Marchante/Reuters)

Portugal battles raging wildfires

An active front of a forest fire is seen next to the village of Castelo, Portugal, July 26, 2017. (Rafael Marchante/Reuters)

Portugal battles raging wildfires

A villager works to put out a forest fire in the village of Brejo Grande, near Castelo Branco, Portugal, July 25, 2017. (Rafael Marchante/Reuters)

Portugal battles raging wildfires

Firefighters work to put out a forest fire in the village of Carvoeiro, near Castelo Branco, Portugal, July 25, 2017. (Rafael Marchante/Reuters)

Portugal battles raging wildfires

Flames of an approaching forest fire are seen near the village of Carvoeiro, near Castelo Branco, Portugal, July 25, 2017. (Rafael Marchante/Reuters)

Portugal battles raging wildfires

A firefighting plane dumps water on a forest fire next to the village of Macao, near Castelo Branco, Portugal, July 26, 2017. (Rafael Marchante/Reuters)

Portugal battles raging wildfires

A villager works to put out a forest fire in the village of Brejo Grande, near Castelo Branco, Portugal, July 25, 2017. (Rafael Marchante/Reuters)

Portugal battles raging wildfires

A car burns during a forest fire in the village of Carvoeiro, near Castelo Branco, Portugal, July 25, 2017. (Rafael Marchante/Reuters)

Portugal battles raging wildfires

A firefighter works to put out a forest fire in the village of Carvoeiro, near Castelo Branco, Portugal, July 25, 2017. (Rafael Marchante/Reuters)

Portugal battles raging wildfires

Firefighters work to put out a forest fire next to the village of Macao, near Castelo Branco, Portugal, July 26, 2017. (Rafael Marchante/Reuters)

Portugal battles raging wildfires

A firefighter works to put out a forest fire in the village of Carvoeiro, near Castelo Branco, Portugal, July 25, 2017. (Rafael Marchante/Reuters)

Portugal battles raging wildfires

A firefighter works to put out a forest fire in the village of Carvoeiro, near Castelo Branco, Portugal, July 25, 2017. (Rafael Marchante/Reuters)

Portugal battles raging wildfires

Flames of an approaching forest fire are seen in the village of Carvoeiro, near Castelo Branco, Portugal, July 25, 2017. (Rafael Marchante/Reuters)

Portugal battles raging wildfires

A firefighter works to put out a forest fire in the village of Carvoeiro, near Castelo Branco, Portugal, July 25, 2017. (Rafael Marchante/Reuters)

Portugal battles raging wildfires

Firefighters work to put out a forest fire in the village of Carvoeiro, near Castelo Branco, Portugal, July 25, 2017. (Rafael Marchante/Reuters)

Portugal battles raging wildfires

A firefighter looks for a forest fire next to the village of Macao, near Castelo Branco, Portugal, July 26, 2017. (Rafael Marchante/Reuters)

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