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CA fire sparked by plane crash grows to 4700 acres
Fire sparked by deadly plane in California grows to 4700 acres, threatens 650 homes
By The Associated Press

TEHACHAPI, Calif. (AP) ' Authorities say a fire ignited by a deadly plane crash in central California has grown to more than seven miles and threatening about 650 homes.

The California Department of Forestry and Fire Protection said Monday that the fire is threatening homes south of Tehachapi (teh-HAH-chah-pee).

State fire officials say it's being fueled by 10- to 18 mph winds.

About 600 firefighters, backed by a DC-10 jumbo jet tanker and more than a dozen other aircraft, are battling the fire in 90-degree heat. They're focused on setting a perimeter between the fire and populated areas and protecting wind farms.

Meanwhile, a 1,100-acre blaze along the main interstate between Southern California and Las Vegas is 95 percent contained.

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