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Southern California fire prompts evacuation of hundreds of homes

A U.S. Forest Service spokeswoman says sheriff's deputies spent the night urging residents to leave a Central California community that remains threatened by a smoky wildfire in and around the Sequoia National Forest.

Forest Service spokeswoman Cindy Thill said officials expect the fire burning about 30 miles northeast of Bakersfield to have grown considerably since Saturday night, when it had consumed 1.26 square miles and was just 5 percent contained.

The Kern County Sheriff's office has called for the evacuation of about 500 homes in the Wofford Heights area sandwiched between the fire and Lake Isabella, a popular recreation spot.

Thill says deputies walked the streets with bullhorns and knocked on doors overnight to warn residents of the danger.

Kern County Fire Department spokesman Leland Davis says about 450 firefighters are working to control the blaze, which was spotted Friday.

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