1,000 acres burn in Sequoia National Forest

Last Updated: Mon, Jun 04, 2012 12:30 hrs

More air tankers and firefighters are being sent to Sequoia National Forest to battle a wildfire that has nearly doubled in size.

U.S. Forest Service spokeswoman Denise Alonzo said Sunday afternoon winds fanned the fire across control lines and expanded it to more than 1,000 acres.

The fire broke out Friday afternoon and had consumed about 522 acres by Sunday morning.

Alonzo said the fire was in a giant sequoia grove that hasn't been burned in more than 140 years.

The fire had crossed Lloyd Meadow Road, prompting authorities to evacuate travelers along the dead-end road which provides access to two trailheads into the Golden Trout Wilderness area.

More than 250 firefighters were battling the blaze, but Alonzo said more were expected to arrive by Monday.

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