Crews make progress against Kern County wildfire

      ALTA SIERRA, Calif. (AP) Crews have managed to build a firebreak to protect homes from a wildfire burning in the southern Sierra Nevada.

      George Broyles of the U.S. Forest Service says a bulldozer has hacked out a fireline in the Sequoia National Forest, about 35 miles northeast of Bakersfield.

      Voluntary evacuations were called after dry lightning ignited the blaze Monday a few miles from the areas of Alta Sierra, Slick Rock and Shirley Meadows.

      Broyles says no homes remain threatened Wednesday. The 443-acre fire is 40 percent contained while a 406-acre fire a few miles away is 44 percent contained.

      A ski resort and campgrounds remain closed.

      Elsewhere, a 50-acre blaze near Lytle Creek in San Bernardino County is uncontained but isn't threatening homes. It was sparked Monday by lightning.