Wildfires rage across Portugal (PHOTOS)

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People stand watching a wildfire in Santiago de Besteiros, near Caramulo, central Portugal, on August 30, 2013. Five Portuguese mountain villages were evacuated overnight as forest fires intensified in the country's north and centre, officials said today. As many as 1,400 firefighters were dispatched Thursday to tackle the blaze in the mountains and another raging further north in the national park of Alvao, where 2,000 hectares (4,900 acres) of pine forest have already been destroyed, according to the local mayor.

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Wildfires continue to rage across northern and central Portugal, leaving five emergency workers dead, two seriously injured and four missing.

More than 2,000 firefighters and 250 vehicles have been trying to put out some 11 fires in the region. Residents of Santiago do Caramulo spent Thursday night and Friday morning helping to douse the fires around their homes.

"Nothing like this has happened in the past 80 years," said one local resident. "I can't remember ever seeing such a fire."

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    People stand watching a wildfire in Santiago de Besteiros, near Caramulo, central Portugal, on August 30, 2013. Five Portuguese mountain villages were evacuated overnight as forest fires intensified in the country's north and centre, officials said today. As many as 1,400 firefighters were dispatched Thursday to tackle the blaze in the mountains and another raging further north in the national park of Alvao, where 2,000 hectares (4,900 acres) of pine forest have already been destroyed, according to the local mayor.

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    PATRICIA DE MELO MOREIRA

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    A man stands watching a wildfire in Santiago de Besteiros, near Caramulo, central Portugal, early on August 30, 2013. Five Portuguese mountain villages were evacuated overnight as forest fires intensified in the country's north and centre, officials said today. As many as 1,400 firefighters were dispatched Thursday to tackle the blaze in the mountains and another raging further north in the national park of Alvao, where 2,000 hectares (4,900 acres) of pine forest have already been destroyed, according to the local mayor.

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    PATRICIA DE MELO MOREIRA

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    People try to extinguish a wildfire approaching their houses in Santiago de Besteiros, near Caramulo, central Portugal, early on August 30, 2013. Five Portuguese mountain villages were evacuated overnight as forest fires intensified in the country's north and centre, officials said today. As many as 1,400 firefighters were dispatched Thursday to tackle the blaze in the mountains and another raging further north in the national park of Alvao, where 2,000 hectares (4,900 acres) of pine forest have already been destroyed, according to the local mayor.

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    PATRICIA DE MELO MOREIRA

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    A man tries to extinguish a wildfire approaching houses in Santiago de Besteiros, near Caramulo, central Portugal, early on August 30, 2013. Five Portuguese mountain villages were evacuated overnight as forest fires intensified in the country's north and centre, officials said today. As many as 1,400 firefighters were dispatched Thursday to tackle the blaze in the mountains and another raging further north in the national park of Alvao, where 2,000 hectares (4,900 acres) of pine forest have already been destroyed, according to the local mayor.

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    PATRICIA DE MELO MOREIRA

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    Locals try to extinguish a wildfire approaching houses in Santiago de Besteiros, near Caramulo, central Portugal, early on August 30, 2013. Five Portuguese mountain villages were evacuated overnight as forest fires intensified in the country's north and centre, officials said today. As many as 1,400 firefighters were dispatched Thursday to tackle the blaze in the mountains and another raging further north in the national park of Alvao, where 2,000 hectares (4,900 acres) of pine forest have already been destroyed, according to the local mayor.

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    PATRICIA DE MELO MOREIRA

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    Locals try to extinguish a wildfire approaching houses in Santiago de Besteiros, near Caramulo, central Portugal, early on August 30, 2013. Five Portuguese mountain villages were evacuated overnight as forest fires intensified in the country's north and centre, officials said today. As many as 1,400 firefighters were dispatched Thursday to tackle the blaze in the mountains and another raging further north in the national park of Alvao, where 2,000 hectares (4,900 acres) of pine forest have already been destroyed, according to the local mayor.

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    PATRICIA DE MELO MOREIRA

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    Two men carry buckets to try to extinguish a wildfire approaching houses in Santiago de Besteiros, near Caramulo, central Portugal, early on August 30, 2013. Five Portuguese mountain villages were evacuated overnight as forest fires intensified in the country's north and centre, officials said today. As many as 1,400 firefighters were dispatched Thursday to tackle the blaze in the mountains and another raging further north in the national park of Alvao, where 2,000 hectares (4,900 acres) of pine forest have already been destroyed, according to the local mayor.

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    PATRICIA DE MELO MOREIRA

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    People stand during at dawn watching the wildfire in Santiago de Besteiros, near Caramulo, central Portugal, early on August 30, 2013. Five Portuguese mountain villages were evacuated overnight as forest fires intensified in the country's north and centre, officials said today. As many as 1,400 firefighters were dispatched Thursday to tackle the blaze in the mountains and another raging further north in the national park of Alvao, where 2,000 hectares (4,900 acres) of pine forest have already been destroyed, according to the local mayor.

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    PATRICIA DE MELO MOREIRA