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Winds drive Calif. fire sparked by plane crash, keep 200 residents from returning home
TEHACHAPI, Calif. (AP) ' Winds directed a 20-square-mile fire toward already charred land, authorities said Tuesday, but the blaze remained a threat to 650 homes in Central California.
The gusts were favorable for crews by moving the fire near Tehachapi away from a rugged, fuel-dense area to the northwest, said fire spokesman Ian MacDonald.
About 200 people were ordered to evacuate, and 12 homes and 18 outbuildings were destroyed. Of the 1,255 personnel deployed to battle flames, two firefighters have been injured, MacDonald said.
The blaze, which has blackened more than 13,000 acres, started Sunday when a single-engine Cessna crashed in the remote area in Kern County. At least two people were confirmed dead in the crash. Their identities have not been released.
Gov. Jerry Brown said he asked the Federal Emergency Management Agency for financial assistance to offset firefighting costs.
In neighboring Los Angeles County, a blaze that started Monday had charred more than 500 acres in Aqua Dulce, near Newhall. It was 80 percent contained Tuesday.
It started in a trailer and barn, but no other structures were lost, county fire Inspector Quvondo Johnson said. One firefighter suffered heat exhaustion and a civilian sustained a minor injury, Johnson said.
In Los Angeles, a 40-acre fire near Interstate 405 at the Sepulveda Pass also was 80 percent contained, Los Angeles Fire Department spokesman Matt Spence said.