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Fast-moving Tehachapi fire burns 4,000 acres

September 5, 2011 |  7:56 am


A fast-moving fire has burned more than 4,000 acres in Kern County, officials said Monday.

The Canyon fire, which started when a small plane crashed near Tehachapi on Sunday morning, is 5% contained, according to fire officials.

Kern County Fire Department spokesman Cary Wright said the six-seat Cessna 210 crashed in Blackburn Canyon, northeast of Los Angeles, the Associated Press reported. The Bakersfield Californian reported that one person was killed.

Amid dry, windy conditions, the crash sparked a brush fire that quickly grew. Officials have issued a mandatory evacuation order for 30 homes threatened by the raging blaze.


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Photo: Smoke rises from a fire that has burned more than 4,000 acres in Kern County. Credit: KTLA News