Crews fight fast-moving Sequoia forest fire

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Updated: 7/11/2014 6:32 pm

BAKERSFIELD, Calif. (AP) — Fire officials say they're aggressively attacking a Central California wildfire that's skipping across treetops and quickly spreading in a remote part of the Sequoia National Forest.

U.S. Forest Service spokeswoman Cindy Thill said the fire started around 2 p.m. Friday and within a couple of hours had covered more than one square mile of the Kiavah Wilderness area.

Thill says no homes or giant Sequoia trees are in danger from the so-called Nicholls Fire, but air crews are hitting the flames with tankers and helicopters while hundreds of firefighters head to the scene. The fire is located east of Lake Isabella, 50 miles northeast of Bakersfield.

Thill says the fire is posing a challenge because no roads cross the forest, making it accessible only by foot and air.

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