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Multiple forest fires hit Portugal

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A helicopter fights fire that started close to Bairro da Milharada near Odivelas, Portugal on July 18 2012.

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A fireman fights fire that started at Moleanos near the city of Alcobaca, Portugal, on July 18, 2012.

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Flames move towards houses in Funchal, on the Portuguese island of Madeira on July 18. More than 1000 firefighters are trying to extinguish forest fires after temperatures rose up to 104 degrees Fahrenheit in several areas of the country.

NBCNews.com's Alex Witt reports.

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