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Jun 15, 2014 10:25 PM by Monica Gouty

Wildfire threatens 500 homes in California

BAKERSFIELD, Calif. (AP) - Federal fire officials are accelerating their attack on a smoky wildfire that's threatening 500 homes in central California.

A U.S. Forest Service spokeswoman says crews are racing to control the fast-moving blaze before hotter, drier weather sets in.

The fire burning in and around the Sequoia National Forest doubled in size overnight and has come within a mile of a community about 30 miles northeast of Bakersfield. Kern County sheriff's deputies walked the streets of Wofford Heights with bullhorns in the early morning hours and knocked on doors, urging residents to evacuate.

The Forest Service says the Shirley Fire has consumed more than 2.8 square miles of trees, grass and chaparral located on federal, state, local and private lands. The blaze, first reported Friday night, is 10 percent contained.

The cause is under investigation.

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