California fire grows slightly, threatens homes

An Erickson Air-Crane loads up from Isabella Lake Sunday, June 15, 2014 before making another water drop on the Shirley Fire west of Wofford Heights, Calif. The Kern County Sheriff's Office has called for the evacuation of about 500 homes in the Wofford Heights area. (AP photo/The Bakersfield Californian, Casey Christie)

BAKERSFIELD, Calif. (AP) — A wildfire threatening homes in the southern Sierra Nevada west of California’s Lake Isabella grew only slightly overnight and crews expect to make significant progress before hotter, drier weather sets in later in the week.

Firefighters using air tankers and helicopters on Monday are battling the blaze, which has charred about 3.4 square miles of dry brush and timber. Two structures have burned.

Authorities have called on residents of about a thousand threatened homes in the Wofford Heights area to evacuate.

KGET-TV reports ( ) the fire is 10 percent contained, but officials say that number is expected to grow throughout the day.

More than 1,100 firefighters are battling the blaze, which broke out Friday in steep, rugged terrain about 40 miles northeast of Bakersfield.

The cause is under investigation.

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