Posted: Jul 29, 2013 8:05 PM by Associated Press
HUNTINGTON LAKE, Calif. (AP) - A lightning-sparked fire in the Sierra National Forest that has grown to about 11,000 acres and is expected to continue burning through the week.
The U.S. Forest Service said Monday that the 17-square-mile fire, about 75 miles northeast of Fresno, is 20 percent contained.
The fire near Shaver Lake is not threatening any communities, but authorities have evacuated 16 campgrounds as a precaution.
Smoke and steep terrain was hampering the more than 1,600 firefighters at the scene. They were being assisted by a large water-dropping air tanker.
Smoke from the fire prompted air quality officials to issue health advisories across the San Joaquin Valley.
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