Aug 20, 2013 3:45 PM by Associated Press

Crews battling 400-acre Kern County fire

ALTA SIERRA, Calif. (AP) - Crews in Kern County got help from overnight thunderstorms as they continue to fight a lightning-caused wildfire burning near a rural resort area in the southern Sierra Nevada.

U.S. Forest Service spokeswoman Cindy Thill says voluntary evacuation warnings remain in place Tuesday for homes in the Alta Sierra, Slick Rock and Shirley Meadows areas.

Firefighters 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. It is 10 percent contained.

The fire was one of several sparked across the region by dry lightning.

In San Bernardino County, a 20-acre blaze in steep terrain near Lytle Creek is sending up a plume of smoke visible from miles around.

County officials reported 21 lightning-sparked fires on Monday.

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