Fire forces evacuations near Lake Isabella in CA

11:36 PM, Jun 19, 2012   |    comments
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LAKE ISABELLA, Calif. (AP) - U.S. Forest Service officials say a 100-acre fire near Sequoia National Park in central California has forced mandatory evacuations of a small subdivision and a campground.

Forest Service spokeswoman Cindy Thill says the fire began just after 6 p.m. Tuesday and is burning near the western shore of Isabella Lake.

Thill says Kern County Sheriff's deputies have started going through the area of the Hungry Gulch subdivision to begin evacuations.

It's unclear how many people are in the evacuation area.

Thill says firefighters are working in very steep, rocky terrain as the fire whips through mixed brush, grass, oak trees and pine trees.

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