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Wildfires trap 2,000 villagers in Portugal

Forest fires cut off a village of 2,000 people in Portugal, as firefighters struggled Thursday to control two major blazes in the centre of the country, local officials said. "It's impossible to leave or to enter Macao because of the flames and the smoke," Vasco Estrela, the mayor of Macao village, told the Lusa news agency. The fire, which broke out on Tuesday evening, grew stronger through Wednesday and by the small hours of Thursday morning had surrounded the village, he said, adding: "The fire is continuing unabated.
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