RAW: Wildfires sweep through Portugal as country endures severe drought

Giant clouds of grey smoke cloaked the horizon in parts of central Portugal as fast-moving wildfires continue to strain emergency responders. In the village of Chao de Codes in Macao locals and firefighters battled a giant blaze that led to a call for evacuation, but many locals refused to leave their homes. About 80 percent of Portugal is enduring severe drought. Authorities say that this year 141,000 hectares of woodland have burned, compared with an annual average of 45,000 hectares over the past 10 years.

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