Update, 8:50 a.m. Tuesday: Fire officials say they've made rapid progress in the last 24 hours in getting a handle on the Shirley Fire, burning in Sequoia National Forest northwest of the resort community of Lake Isabella.
In its latest update on the blaze, the U.S. Forest Service says the fire is now 75 percent contained, up from 10 percent on Monday. The fire's acreage is now estimated at about 2,700, up from 2,200 on Monday.
LAKE ISABELLA, Kern County — A wildfire burning near homes Monday in the southern Sierra Nevada west of California's Lake Isabella grew only slightly overnight, and crews expected to make significant progress before hotter, drier weather sets in later in the week.
Firefighters using air tankers and helicopters were battling the Shirley Fire, which has charred about 2,200 acres of trees and brush in and around the Sequoia National Forest.