A firefighter steps back while working to douse a fire in Alvaiazere, Portugal, Tuesday. A Portuguese official says authorities have asked other European countries to send help as the country's firefighters struggle to contain the blazes being fueled by high temperatures and strong winds. (AP Photo/Francisco Seco)
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