- Associated Press - Wednesday, July 5, 2017

KERNVILLE, Calif. (AP) - A forest fire sparked by lightning last month in the southern Sierra Nevada has grown to more than 13 square miles (34 sq. kilometers) in Sequoia National Forest.

The U.S. Forest Service says the fire is just 17 percent contained Wednesday but no structures have been lost.

A lightning strike set brush and timber ablaze on June 24 in the Schaeffer Mountain region, about 17 miles north of Kernville.

Increasing flow of monsoonal moisture is expected bring a higher chance of thunderstorms and dry lightning on Thursday.

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