More than a thousand firefighters and other first responders have been deployed in southern France to fight a major forest fire.

A major wildfire is also raging on the Italian island of Sardinia: hundreds of people had to leave their homes there.

The fire in southern France rages between Narbonne and Carcassonne.

So far, about 8.5 square kilometers has gone up in flames.

Fire-fighting aircraft were also deployed to fight the fire.

Because high-voltage lines were also affected, power outages occurred in various places in France, Spain and even Portugal on Saturday.

In France, about 100,000 households were affected by this, network company RTE reported.

There have been no reports of casualties so far.

Italian village completely evacuated

A forest fire is raging in Sardinia that has reached the town of Cuglieri, among others.

The fire is still not under control.

Buildings have been damaged and farmers have lost crops and livestock in the blaze, according to local media, but there are no reports of injuries.

The forest fires are being fought by, among others, six fire fighting helicopters and hundreds of firefighters and volunteers.

About four hundred people have already had to leave the area for their own safety. The residents were evacuated in the night from Saturday to Sunday. The village of Sennariolo even had to be evacuated in its entirety.