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Wildfires continue to blaze in Portugal

6:54am EDT - 00:52

Over a thousand firefighters continue to battle fierce flames in central Portugal on Wednesday night. Rough cut (no reporter narration).

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ROUGH CUT. NO REPORTER NARRATION. Firefighters continued to battle wildfires overnight on Wednesday (July 26) in Macao, central Portugal, where the flames have come dangerously close to villages leading authorities to cut off roads and evacuate residents. Two-hundred and fifteen members of Spain's Military Emergency Unit (UME) are providing support in a situation that is proving difficult to control due to high temperature of about 35 C degrees and strong winds ranging from 20 to 30 km/hour. Portugal has deployed around 1,500 firefighters in the provinces of Castelo Branco and Santarem since the blaze broke out in Serta on Sunday (July 23). So far this year, forest fires have burned 75,264 hectares, an area which surpasses any amount over the same period in the last decade, the National Civil Protection Authority (ANPC) said on Tuesday (July 25).

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Wildfires continue to blaze in Portugal

6:54am EDT - 00:52