Portuguese fire fighters are engaged in their own battle to control forest blazes – since July some 18,000 hectares of arid woodland have been scorched.
While hundreds of troops have been deployed to help, at least two fire fighters have been killed.
One woman volunteer died after being encircled by flames when the wind direction changed, another was killed when his truck fell into a burning ravine.
After soaring summer temperatures and a lack of rain, many districts in the north of the country have raised the threat level to the highest possible.
Remote villages threatened by the fires have been evacuated but not before residents tried to save what they could.
The heat wave is set to continue until the end of the week.