Containment increases on Sierra Nevada forest fire

A forest fire in the southern Sierra Nevada has grown to more than 8,100 acres but containment has also increased to 65 percent.

Fire commanders say aircraft will continue to be important Thursday in keeping the fire from high-risk areas in the region 110 miles north of Los Angeles.

The nearly 13-square-mile fire has destroyed one home and threatens 250 more since breaking out Sunday in the Lower Kern River Canyon southwest of Lake Isabella. Portions of the communities of Bodfish and Havila are evacuated.

In northwest Los Angeles County, firefighters have made quick work of a pre-dawn 20-acre brush fire accidentally ignited by a vehicle along Interstate 5.

County fire Inspector Matt Levesque says 200 firefighters, three helicopters, a helitanker and two SuperScooper planes responded to the 5:07 a.m. fire.

Copyright 2010 The Associated Press.

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