Several southern European countries have been ravaged by forest fires this weekend. Italy has asked other countries to help fight a fire on the island of Sardinia. According to Italian media, France has already sent two planes to Sardinia. In the night from Saturday to Sunday, nearly four hundred residents were evacuated.
In the course of Sunday, some were allowed to return home, but the fires are still not under control. The flames are now moving towards the coast. In Sardinia, properties have been damaged and farmers have lost their crops and livestock, local media reported. Forest fires are also raging in northeastern Spain and a southern area of France. In southern France, the fire rages between Narbonne and Carcassonne. There, hundreds of firefighters are trying to extinguish the flames, with help from the air.
The fires were probably caused by high temperatures in combination with strong winds. In France, about 8.5 square kilometers of forest has been burned. The Spanish fires broke out in the north-east of the country on Saturday evening. The wildfires have now covered an area of about 12 square kilometers. A summer camp in the Spanish forests, attended by 28 children and 14 chaperones, had to be evacuated.
As far as is known, there have been no casualties in the forest fires. The fires have caused power outages in Portugal, France and Spain, as high-voltage lines have also caught fire. According to network company RTE, about 100,000 households in France were without power.