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Wildfires burn in California mountains, force evacuations

By the CNN Wire Staff
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Watch crews fight California fire
  • NEW: The fire near Mount Diablo State Park has burned roughly 200 acres
  • A fire in Lebec has scorched some 1,100 acres and is actively burning
  • Residents are being evacuated because of the threat to structures
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(CNN) -- A wildfire ripped through a mountain community in Southern California on Tuesday, burning more than 1,000 acres and forcing the evacuation of residents living near the flames, authorities said.

The fire in Lebec, about 75 miles north of Los Angeles, is actively burning.

Residents were being evacuated to a local high school, Anthony Romero, an official with the Kern County Fire Department, told CNN's "Rick's List."

"We don't have a contained percentage yet, but they're doing great," he said of the approximately 150 firefighters battling the flames with the help of helicopters and other aircraft.

Watch crews battle Kern fire Video | Fires threaten homes Video

The fire has burned some 1,100 acres so far, while some 20 structures have been threatened. No homes have been destroyed, according to Kern County Fire Department officials.

Aerial images of the fire showed thick clouds of smoke blowing down the sides of steep hills as aircraft fly overhead.

A separate brush fire near Mount Diablo State Park, which is east of Oakland, is about 5 percent contained, according to a CAL Fire official.

He said about 250 firefighters are battling the blaze, which has scorched roughly 200 acres so far. Some homes are near where the fire started, but evacuations have not been ordered, he added.

The causes of both fires are under investigation.