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In pictures: Fires rage in Europe
Firefighter near Avila, Spain
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Villagers and firefighters in Spain, France and Portugal have been battling wildfires which have destroyed thousands of hectares of forest and scrubland.
Helicopter collects water, Avila
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In Spain, two firefighters died in the line of duty - one as his firefighting plane crashed into trees, another as he was crushed by falling rocks.
Firefighter at Mont San Cristobal north of Pamplona, Spain
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The weekend fires in northern and central Spain have been brought under control, but dozens of homes have been evacuated in the southern Jaen province.
Esparon du Verdon village, south-eastern France
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French firefighters have also fought blazes in Provence, the Var region and Greoux-les-Bains near the French Alps.
Blaze in Esparon du Verdon, France
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Villagers and firefighters battling on the ground are being helped by a new water-dropping plane because 10 Canadairs were grounded after a fatal crash in Corsica.
Blaze in Esparon du Verdon, France
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Some firefighters were injured as they fought fires in Aix-en Provence. The blaze was later brought under control.
Pradet, southern France
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A preliminary report says southern France has had 1,510 fires, destroying 10,600 hectares (26,000 acres) in July - nearly double last year's total.
Fire in Moncao, northern Portugal
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A prolonged heatwave has fuelled fires in Portugal, which is suffering its worst drought since 1945.
Firefighter in Santarem, Portugal
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More than 1,000 firefighters have been deployed in Portugal - and six have died in the struggle. Police have arrested 69 people suspected of starting fires.

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