ALTA SIERRA, Calif. (AP) — Crews in Kern County got help from morning thunderstorms as they continue to build containment lines around a lightning-caused wildfire burning near a rural resort area in the southern Sierra Nevada.
The U.S. Forest Service says voluntary evacuation warnings remain in place Tuesday for homes in the Slick Rock and Shirley Meadows areas.
Forest Service and county crews are battling the 400-acre blaze at an elevation of about 5,700 feet in the mountains of Sequoia National Forest, about 35 miles northeast of Bakersfield.
The fire was one of several sparked across the region by dry lightning.
In San Bernardino County, a 20-acre blaze burning in steep terrain near Lytle Creek is sending up a huge plume of smoke visible from miles around.
County officials reported 21 lightning-sparked fires on Monday.
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