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In pictures: Portugal fires rage
Envisat image of smoke from Portuguese wildfires (pic: ESA)
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Violent wildfires are still raging in Portugal, where plumes of smoke rising from the blazes can be seen and photographed from space (pic: European Space Agency)
An Italian Canadair water-carrying plane drops its load over a fire near the Portuguese city of Coimbra
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After appealing for international help, several European countries deployed their specialist fire-fighting planes to try and douse the Portugal fires.
Fire in Nogueira, northern Portugal
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The wildfires have raged through forest and scrubland, straining the country's firefighting resources.
Fire near Pampilhosa da Serra, northern Portugal
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Thousands of firefighters, volunteers and villagers have tried to contain blazes across the country.
Fighting fire
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People on the ground people use whatever means they can against the flames.
Burnt pine trees near the town of Abrantes, 50 miles (80km) north of Lisbon
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Where the fires have been extinguished, valuable forest and farmland have been destroyed.
Fire in Portugal
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Homes have been evacuated as fires approach. Some people lost everything as flames enveloped their homes.
Fire in Portugal
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The devastating summer fires have been made worse by the months of drought, high temperatures and strong winds.



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