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KERNVILLE, Calif. (AP) — An out-of-control wildfire in Southern California’s Kern County has scorched about 5 square miles of dry brush and prompted evacuations in several neighborhoods.

The U.S. Forest Service says the blaze burning near Lake Isabella northeast of Bakersfield has expanded in several directions. Some structures have burned and residents of about 200 homes are under recommended evacuation orders.

A Red Cross evacuation center is set up at Kern Valley High School in Lake Isabella.More than 450 firefighters with help from water-dropping aircraft are battling the flames in steep terrain amid low humidity and high temperatures. The fire has no containment.

Farther north, firefighters are being dispatched to protect homes threatened by a wildfire in the foothills near Yosemite National Park. The Madera County blaze has burned nearly 2 square miles, destroyed eight structures and is threatening 500 others. Officials say mandatory evacuation orders have gone out to some 13,000 phone numbers for homes and businesses.

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