ALTA SIERRA, Calif. (AP) — Authorities in KernCounty have begun issuing voluntary evacuation warnings for about 400 homes near a growing wildfire in the Sierra Nevada.

County and U.S. Forest Service crews are battling the 400- to 500-acre blaze a mile or two from the communities of Slick Rock and Alta Sierra.

Fire officials say so far the flames are running downhill, pushed by gusty winds.

The fire is the largest of at least four sparked Sunday night by dry lightning in the mountains.

Lightning strikes continue to hit the region. Scattered thunderstorms also have brought sporadic heavy rain and winds to
Southern California mountains and deserts.