SPREADING

Fires Force Evacuation of 500 CA Homes

Firefighters in Southern California are struggling to quash a wildfire that threatens a thousand homes in the area, as well as the Sequoia National Forest. Around 500 homes north of Lake Isabella had already been evacuated, but by late Sunday night, only 10 percent of the fire had been contained, according to the Kern County Fire Department. Nearly 1,200 people attempted to manage the fire as it hit the Sequoia National Forest. It is unclear what started the fire, but a prolonged drought in the region has only encouraged its spread.