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Canyon Fire near Tehachapi burns 13,400 acres

A fast-moving brush fire near Tehachapi on Sunday forced the evacuation of at least 100 homes under threat.

September 6, 2011 12:00:00 AM PDT
A brush fire that was threatening 650 homes near Tehachapi has nearly tripled in size to more than 13,400 acres by Tuesday.

The fire is at about 10 percent containment.

A single-engine Cessna that crashed in Blackburn Canyon sparked the fire Sunday. It was unclear how many people were on the plane that crashed, but authorities confirmed two people were dead. Their names have not been released.

By Monday night, residents at about 170 homes had been asked to evacuate. The Canyon Fire has destroyed 12 homes, along with 15 outbuildings and three recreational vehicles.

More than 1,200 firefighters, backed by a DC-10 jumbo jet tanker and more than a dozen other aircraft, were battling the fire.

Two firefighters were injured, but there's no word on how seriously they were hurt.

Officials said Blackburn Canyon, Water Canyon and Oak Creek roads are closed due to the fire.

Full containment was expected by Friday, authorities said.

The Associated Press contributed to this report.