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A firefighter fights a forest fire at Ferreira de Aves, in Satao, Portugal on Friday. Some 247 firemen, using 67 land vehicles, and four airplanes, are trying to extinguish the fire.

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A firefighter fights a forest fire at Ferreira de Aves, in Satao, Portugal on Friday. Some 247 firemen, using 67 land vehicles and four airplanes, are trying to extinguish the fire.

A woman reacts after a wildfire in Paredes near Oliveira de Frades, central Portugal, on August 27, 2013.

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Firefighters and local residents struggle on Tuesday to tackle raging wildfires that have consumed large swathes of forest in Portugal and Spain and cost the lives of four emergency workers.

Local residents try to extinguish a wild...Local residents try to extinguish a wildfire at Fornelo do Monte near Vouzela, central Portugal, on August 21, 2013. Several hundred firefighters were tackling forest fires raging in the north and centre of the country, backed by two Spanish Canadair planes. Portugal, grappling with a number of wildfires, has sought help from Spain and France. Some 31,000 hectares have been lost to fire in Portugal this year. AFP PHOTO/ FRANCISCO LEONGFRANCISCO LEONG/AFP/Getty Images

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Local residents try to extinguish a wildfire at Fornelo do Monte near Vouzela, Portugal, on Wednesday. Several hundred firefighters, backed by two Spanish Canadair planes, were tackling forest fires raging in the north and centre of the country. Portugal has sought help from Spain and France. Some 31,000 hectares have been lost to fire in Portugal this year Read more

Forest fire at Moimenta da Beira...epa03810708 Firemen are silhouetted against the flames as they fight a forest fire at Moimenta da Beira, Portugal, 02 August 2013. Media reports citing a spokesman for the National Fire Coordination Center state that more that 200,000 hectares of forest have been burnt by wildfires in this year following months of severe drought. According to the media reports there has been already several casualties by the wildfires.  EPA/NUNO ANDRE FERREIRA

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Firemen are silhouetted against the flames as they fight a forest fire at Moimenta da Beira, Portugal. Media reports citing a spokesman for the National Fire Coordination Centre state that more that 200,000 hectares of forest have been burnt by wildfires this year after months of severe drought. According to the media reports there has already been several casualties of the fires. Read more

A homeless man sleeps on the ground in L...A homeless man sleeps on the ground in Lisbon on July 3, 2013.  AFP PHOTO/ PATRICIA DE MELO MOREIRAPATRICIA DE MELO MOREIRA/AFP/Getty Images

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A homeless man sleeps in Lisbon, PortugalRead more

Portugal Financial Crisis

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Commuters walk along Praça do Comércio during a 24-hour subway workers strike in Lisbon, Portugal on Thursday. Read more