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Thousands of firefighters battled more than 20 blazes that raged on Wednesday across Portugal and western Spain, with the fires menacing villages and disrupting tourists’ holidays amid a heat wave that has pushed temperatures above 45 degrees Celsius in some parts of Europe.

In France, hundreds of firefighters, supported by six water-bomber aircraft, battled two wildfires in the southwest, which prompted the evacuation of thousands of campers, Gironde prefect Fabienne Buccio said.

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