3,000 acres burn near Kern River

LAKE ISABELLA - California firefighters are battling fires in the popular Kern River canyon area of the southern Sequoia National Forest and in hill country north of Los Angeles.

Forest Service spokeswoman Cindy Thill says that as of Monday the fire has burned out of the canyon and grown to more than 3,000 acres, but there have been no evacuations of communities and there have been no injuries.

Some roads and portions of the Kern River are closed. Firefighters report the blaze was 10 percent contained as of 3:00 p.m.

Up to 500 firefighters from the U.S Forest Service, Kern County Fire Department and the Bureau of Land Management have responded.

Los Angeles firefighters, meanwhile, are fighting a fire burning in 15 acres of light brush on the empty hills above the northern San Fernando Valley.

The fire's movement is away from the nearby Porter Ranch neighborhood and no structures are threatened.

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